King Charter Celebrates Successful Year
The 4th graders at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology had been waiting since August for this moment, just five days before school would be out for summer. Their teacher, Joseph Recasner, was ready too. Clad in a white jumpsuit, Mr. Recasner perched on a small chair in the school’s courtyard, removed his eyeglasses, and braced for the deluge.
Earl Vincent’s blow came hard and fast. The dimpled 4th grader grinned broadly as he smashed a plastic plate piled high with whipped cream in his teacher’s face. All but one student in Mr. Recasner’s class had passed Louisiana’s high-stakes exam earlier this year, and this was the reward he had promised them. Next up was Galatia Jones, who slowly smeared cream on top of Mr. Recasner’s shaved head as dozens of King students and teachers who’d gathered to watch shrieked with laughter. There were 18 more...
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