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The Fishers and KIPP founders shared the conviction that public schools were failing disadvantaged kids. After stepping down from the Gap, the Fishers had plunged into education reform, with Don — a proud product of San Francisco’s public schools and the University of California at Berkeley — even serving on the California Board of Education. They picked Scott Hamilton, a veteran education policy maker, to guide their philanthropy. He says they gave him a simple mandate: "Go find something that’s working." >
KIPP Delta, the group overseeing the network’s Arkansas schools, won a $200,000 grant from the national KIPP foundation earlier this year to develop an SMS (Short Message Service) application that will allow them to send information to high school students and alumni about the college admissions and financial aid process through texts. >
A trip to the doctor's office on school grounds was made possible for the first time this academic year for children at the KIPP Ujima Village Academy and its sister school, KIPP Harmony Academy, under a new model for a school health clinic that offers more extensive medical services than the typical nurse's office. >
New Orleans has ten KIPP schools serving grades Kindergarten through 12th. KIPP New Orleans also has a program called KIPP Through College, which supports KIPP middle school and high school alumni on their path to and through college. >
“You can’t lose them in middle school,” said Tracy McDaniel, founder and principal of the KIPP Reach College Preparatory in Oklahoma City. His middle school is a 2012 Blue Ribbon winner, often cited as one of the country’s best schools. And that is best among all schools, not just best-performing for a low-income, high-minority school. >
As the nation’s largest charter school chain, the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) has built a reputation for its success preparing low-income, minority students for college. But how many of its students persevere to college graduation? Forty-five percent of those who finished a KIPP middle school a decade ago or more have since earned a bachelor’s degree. That’s an impressive number given that 90 percent of KIPP students are from low-income families and the national college completion rate for that population is 9 percent. >
KIPP opened a school in Redwood City this past year and East Palo Alto parents who send their children there have noticed a difference in academic rigor, services and attentiveness. "Our children are losing years of education they will never recuperate," said Karla Facundo, whose child attends the KIPP school in Redwood City. >
The district asked KIPP, an established charter network, to take charge starting with last school year. Turning around a failing school in a poor, high-crime neighborhood is notoriously hard, but initial data provided by KIPP suggest that relaunching the site as Life Academy, for kindergarten through fourth grade, is paying off. “Before there used to be chaos,” said Caleb, a fourth-grader. “Teachers didn’t push us to persevere. Now they do.” >
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Clarence Shippen, a 17-year-old senior at KIPP Charter School — DuBois Collegiate Academy. “I got on a bus with my father to D.C. and when we got there, it was a huge revelation that happened. It was huge; you could barely walk down the street.” >
KIPP Nashville executive director Randy Dowell said he's willing to open the schools under the state's supervision, though he'd prefer to work with the local district. "The schools we operate are Metro Schools, and we’ve always been very proud to be part of the MNPS family," Dowell said. "We’d be excited these new schools could be opened with MNPS, but either way we’re excited.” >
Dale Russakoff's “The Prize” is an unsparing chronicle of five controversial years in Newark that began in front of a cheering audience on Oprah and ended this summer with the resignation of Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson. >
Last week, the Milken Family Foundation bestowed the first of its 2015 Milken Educator Awards — often referred to as the “Oscar of Teaching” — to Jessica Cunningham, a principal at KIPP DC College Preparatory. >
KIPP Co-founder Mike Feinberg pays tribute to Shawn Hurwitz
By Courtney Gilmore | October 12, 2015
KIPP Co-founder Mike Feinberg pays tribute to Shawn Hurwitz >
How do we best prepare students, especially those from underserved backgrounds, survive in competitive global society? A new report may help us answer that. >
New Jersey Star-Ledger - "Halting charter growth isn't the answer"
By Star-Ledger Editorial Board | October 11, 2015
The debate over charter schools may be ready to explode again in Newark. The mayor's chief education advisor has called for a halt to all charter growth, the union is demonstrating next week, and credible rumors are spreading that KIPP – one of the top performing charter chains – is about to anchor a new expansion. >
Principal Jessica Cunningham wins Milken "Oscar of Teaching." >
The Defender - “KIPP students join the Million Man March”
By Defender News Service | October 7, 2015
On October 10, the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, 30 young men from KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys will march in Washington D.C. >
As a parent, the most important decision I’ve made is where my son should go to school. Looking around at the options in my neighborhood in the South Bronx, I panicked: The district schools in my zone were among the lowest-performing in the city. >
Cherry Hill Courier Post - "My son is thriving at KIPP"
By Lakeia Jackson | October 5, 2015
My 6-year-old son attends KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, and his experience last year and this year has been incredible. The school’s reading program is actually fun for my son, his reading had grown from kindergarten- to almost second-grade level, which is incredible since he’s still in first grade. >
Twelve organizations will share some $51 million in grants under a competitive federal program supporting teacher professional development, the U.S. Department of Education announced today. >
KIPP Nashville made its case to the state after its application to open two more charter schools was denied by the Metro board of education in August. KIPP is rebutting claims that further expansion of charters eats into money that would be spent on traditional schools. >
Thousands of children in St. Louis live at or below the poverty line.That hardship creates a unique set of challenges that can impact education. Kipp Inspire Academy is trying to address those issues. >
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 335 schools today as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015, and included on the list is one from LA Unified, the independent charter Kipp Raíces Academy School. >
Clairemont Elementary School in Decatur, Johns Creek Elementary School in Forsyth County and KIPP STRIVE Academy in Atlanta were three of nine Georgia schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015. >
Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson donated $25,000 to KIPP Bay Area Schools on Friday, and he addressed the students at the KIPP Bridge Charter School in Oakland with a message about the importance of education. >

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