A small charter school in Massachusetts is sending a team to the Division 3 state championships. The school has no gym. The coach is the custodian.
The story has a great lead:
SPRINGFIELD — Someone was shaking him. Reggie Morris pried open one eye, looked at the clock — 6:30 a.m. — then glared at his mother in utter disbelief. “Get up,” Isabelle Morris said. “And put these on.”
She tossed him a pair of navy blue shorts and a white shirt.
“You’re starting at your new school in an hour and a half,” she said.
New school? It was Aug. 11. What kind of school held classes in the summer?
“I’ll tell you on the way,” she said.
There was plenty to tell. Isabelle explained to her son that she was concerned about his choice of friends. She was afraid he was slipping away from her, toward the junkies on the corner, and she couldn’t allow that to happen. Without telling him, she had filled out an application for New Leadership, a charter school in Springfield founded by the Urban League with hopes of rescuing underperforming city kids. Reggie would attend classes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. He would wear a uniform every day. He would go to school 24 Saturdays a year. He would be required to take a training course in conjunction with the Army National Guard.
“No way, Mom,” Reggie said. “I’m not going.”