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Old 07-03-2010, 07:27 PM
 
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I went to Tunica to check things out before having my interview at the school. I was expecting it to be awful but it was a nice town. Is it just the kids that are bad or what? Maybe I was looking in the wrong places but I drove around for an hour looking for the bad part of town and never seen it. Also I was not expecting to see so many white people around there bc the posts on here made it seem like there are no white people there. I went to Tunica Private schooland it looked more run down than any of the other schools. I understood that they might not get as much or none of the funding from the casinos but I did not think it would look like that. If I am overlooking something important, please tell me.
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Old 07-04-2010, 03:36 AM
 
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We didn't say it was "bad". It's a typical delta town of its size with a little more money for a nicer school. Having a nicer school does not change the attitudes of the parents or their kids though.
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Old 07-05-2010, 01:03 AM
 
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Actually you are right that the actual town of Tunica is fairly charming. The kind of place where children can ride around on their bikes and go the stores on main street etc.

The private schools in these small towns typically don't have the money to keep up fancy facilities whereas government owned schools can simply use tax money to build first rate buildings. But for a safe, close-knit environment that functions like small family, that's where these small-town private schools really add value.

For nearby stronger public and private schools, there are quite a few available: Strayhorn in heavilly wooded western Tate County, Senatobia High School, Magnolia Heights Academy private school in Senatobia (which does look newer and more monied), Lake Cormorant schools in the far western border of DeSoto County where it meets Tunica County, and top-rated Hernando schools.
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Old 07-05-2010, 03:13 AM
 
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Government owned schools can simply use tax money to build first rate buildings? Wow, that explains why the schools in this state are all so absolutely first rate, huh?

First rate schools come from communities where the citizens truly value education and demand first rate performance from educators and legislators. There's money in Hernando and that area, but isn't it strange we have all this tax revenue from these casinos but still have seen virtually no improvement in school performance since they arrived?
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Old 07-05-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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Potpones, I am definitely agreeing with you. That was my point about Tunica schools. The buildlings look shiny and new but the student and teacher performance is dismal. And yes, performance tends to be almost directly tied to the culture and beliefs of the parents. There are a few schools where some good leadership can make a huge difference. But since government owned schools face zero lcompetition, there's no incentives for them to do whatever it takes to find see to it that all children succeed. Consequently, most schools perform as a direct reflection of the socioeconomic status of the parents.
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Old 07-05-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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Well, it was a wonderful fourth of July, out sitting in my hot tub and enjoying three free fireworks show while neighbors in every direction set off mortars, inciting screams of glee from the young children still outside in the street. Our public school has a school uniform policy and may not be the highest ranked in the state, but I still think this is a wonderful place to live.

You can put the poorest kids in the best of schools, but if they don't get the support they need at home it won't matter that much at all. Likewise, so long as we provide a safe environment, I believe a dedicated parent can make up for a HUGE amount of slack on the part of the local school system. No matter how you slice it, a good education comes as much from good parenting as from a good school.
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:59 PM
 
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Shoebottom -- did you take the job?
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:46 AM
 
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I went to Tunica to check things out before having my interview at the school. I was expecting it to be awful but it was a nice town. Is it just the kids that are bad or what? Maybe I was looking in the wrong places but I drove around for an hour looking for the bad part of town and never seen it. Also I was not expecting to see so many white people around there bc the posts on here made it seem like there are no white people there. I went to Tunica Private schooland it looked more run down than any of the other schools. I understood that they might not get as much or none of the funding from the casinos but I did not think it would look like that. If I am overlooking something important, please tell me.
I grew up in Tunica and graduated from mentioned private school. The town of Tunica is unique, charming, and mostly white technically. I say technically, because Tunica and North Tunica are different census designiated places despite directly bordering each other. Tunica is about 67% white and has 1,200 people or so. Directly on its northern border sits North Tunica with 1,400 people and is an astounding 94% black. The private school is pretty rundown and actually somewhat disgusting and needs major repairs. Part of the gym roof blew off during the Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak and was never really fixed. The school itself has poor academics, however it has rapidly become fairly diverse. The public high school has very nice facilities, is not diverse at all, and is woefully under-performing. The town still retains it's Delta, agricultural roots.
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:21 AM
 
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Tunica is about 67% white and has 1,200 people or so. Directly on its northern border sits North Tunica with 1,400 people and is an astounding 94% black.
That is true of most Southern cities. There are parts of town where blacks live and then there is the white side of town. That, of course, is not exclusive, but it is predominent.

Across the tracks is a common term throughout the South.

Nah, this country ain't racist. Okey dokey.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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That is true of most Southern cities. There are parts of town where blacks live and then there is the white side of town. That, of course, is not exclusive, but it is predominent.

Across the tracks is a common term throughout the South.

Nah, this country ain't racist. Okey dokey.
Yeah, I'm aware of there being "white/black parts of town," but usually they aren't considered two separate towns officially. That's what I find unusual about Tunica.
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