State Rep. David Rainey of Dumas has taken a job in which he'll be Arkansas state director for a Mississippi firm that does consulting work for school districts.
David Rainey, Ed.D., of Dumas has been named Assistant State Director-
Arkansas for JBHM Education Group, a school improvement consulting firm serving
districts in multiple states.
Increasing instructional quality has been Rainey’s focus as an educator and state
legislator. He has been a visiting professor and director of the Delta Academic
Initiative at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, working with school districts to
improve student achievement in reading, math, and English. For Southwest
Educational Development Laboratory, he was program manager of a five-state study
researching the transformation of low-performing schools into high-performing
Rainey is a three-term representative from District 11 — North Desha, East
Lincoln, and East Jefferson counties — in the Arkansas General Assembly.
“David Rainey has demonstrated, both as an instructional leader and state
representative, that he cares about the education of every student in Arkansas,” said
Mike Walters, Ed.D., president of JBHM Education Group. “His knowledge and
experience will ensure fidelity in implementation of our services with our partner
schools in Arkansas.” JBHM Education Group has teamed with dozens of schools
across Arkansas since 2005, providing school improvement, teacher coaching,
professional development, a struggling learners’ initiative, standards-based instruction
and other services.
Rainey began his education career as a teacher at Dumas High School, was a
junior high and senior high school principal, and served as director for the start-up of
the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Science. He holds a doctorate in
educational administration and supervision from the University of Arkansas, Little
Rock. The Center for Policy Alternatives Arthur Flemming Leadership Institute
awarded Rainey a 2007 fellowship, recognizing him as an emerging leader from the
ranks of the nation’s state legislators.