Democrat U.S. Senator Kay Hagan visited a Kinston School Monday to check out the turnaround the school has made.
Rochelle Middle School was once a low performing school. It has dramatically improved its proficiency rates, jumping from 29% to 53%.
Hagan is part of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, which drafted legislation last week to make changes to No Child Left Behind. Hagan says, "When we have low performing schools, in many cases, there's different models that can be used to turn those schools around. Some cases it's actually to get a new principal and I wanted to be sure that a new principal that is brought in has the training on a turnaround school or had been effective at doing that before."
Principal Nicholas Harvey says he credits the dramatic jump in proficiency to good teachers--saying it all starts in the classroom.