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February 5, 2014

MMA 'innovative,' allows for choices

TARBORO — In an effort to provide better learning opportunities for students, Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) is changing its "edcuational landscape."

While not a complete overhaul of the system, officials see the addition of Martin Millennium Academy (MMA) - ECPS's first dual immersion/global school - as an avenue to alleviate several persistent problems within the district.

The most important of those is academics, and preparing students - as the ECPS mission statement reads - "to achieve success in a rapidly changing."

"We kept an eye out for something innovative," ECPS Superintendent JOhn Farrelly said. "The public wanted different [academic] choices. It was a big decision [adding MMA].

"It changes the educational landscape in the county."

Set to begin classes for the 2014-15 school year, the former Martin Middle School will be converted to K-8 MMA as dual immersion and global school concepts are instituted.

An idea with a 20-plus year history, ECPS officials found results from the state's other 32 global/dual language schools - particularly those with demographics similar to ECPS - more than encouraging.

"Children who come out of these programs are more successful in school," Farrelly said. "It creates excitement in the learning process. We were impressed with the data and results."

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