Laramie, Wy – An educator from Mississippi who has helped transform his school district and community is in Wyoming this week. Doctor Pat Cooper is a superintendent of schools in Mississippi. He has increased test scores while bringing down juvenile crime, drop outs and expulsions in his district. He says they buy less stuff and hire more people, like nurses, social workers and police officers. Cooper says his system could work in rural areas too, if the community figures out other ways to get people into the school. He recommends working with the community to get support.
Cooper says his district does not spend any extra money; they just focus on making sure children are healthy, feel safe and appreciated. He says that leads to higher test scores and better citizens.