Sunday, June 19, 2016

John Thompson: KIPP OKC finances, data belie 'credibility of its promises' - NonDoc

KIPP OKC finances, data belie 'credibility of its promises' - NonDoc:

KIPP OKC finances, data belie ‘credibility of its promises’

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Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in northeast Oklahoma City could become a full KIPP school. (Josh McBee)

There are two big questions in regard to the KIPP plan for taking over the Martin Luther King Elementary School building. I’ve focused on the first issue of whether it would be possible for KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to provide high-quality pre-kindergarten and elementary education for an entire neighborhood.
Since Oklahoma City’s KIPP has never attempted such a task, the organization should have been willing to answer some basic inquiries about whether its business model would allow it to accept and retain most, many or just a very few of the students who they haven’t previously tried to serve.
KIPP has repeatedly ducked questions ranging from its teacher attrition and management problems to its complete lack of experience in providing pre-kindergarten. Neither has it attempted to answer the single most important question in terms of whether KIPP can take over an entire neighborhood school: How many students from the neighborhood school that co-locates with KIPP — Moon Elementary School — are accepted, retained and graduated from their “No Excuses” charter school in eighth grade?
KIPP’s unwillingness to address its ability to fulfill its promises is troubling. It KIPP OKC finances, data belie 'credibility of its promises' - NonDoc:


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