A KIPP Pre-K or a Yale Pre-K: You Choose, Part 1
Two days ago The Oklahoman reported that "KIPP Reach Academy Principal Tracy McDaniel pulled his proposal off Monday's school board agenda because he said it doesn't have enough support" among Oklahoma City school board members.
We must applaud those school board members' positions to protect the most vulnerable children of their city from the miseducative and punitive indoctrination that segregated KIPP Model schools provide for the black and brown children of the poor.
I came across a report published in 2015 by some Harvard public policy graduate students that examined the feasibility and advisability of developing Pre-K programs at Uncommon Schools, one of the infamous "no excuses" corporate charter chains based on the KIPP Model. I will have more to say about the scary possibility of Uncommon Schools getting into the Pre-K business in another post.
A later section of appendices in the 90 page report includes comparisons of some very different Pre-K programs that were examined in the study. Here are the 12 schools where researchers gathered data in preparation for their recommendations for Uncommon School:
Bank Street School for Children
The Coop School
First Step NYC
Pre-Prep (Public Prep)
Eliot Pearson Children’s School (Tufts)
Calvin Hill Day Care Center (Yale)
UDC Lab School
I have provided the data below on two of the schools to give readers an idea of the vast gaps in Schools Matter: A KIPP Pre-K or a Yale Pre-K: You Choose, Part 1:
Earth to NPE: There is NOT an Opt-Out Provision in ESSA, So Stop Pretending