Elusive success and Expansion, KIPP Jacksonville

Three years ago the KIPP school arrived with much fanfare,
secretary of education Arne Duncan even showed up to give them a half million dollar
grant. Unfortunately the school promptly flamed out and was the worst ranked
school in Northeast Florida after its first year.
Now it rebounded in its second year most likely at least
partly due to counseling out poor performers and a change in the states grading
system which saw a record amount of schools improve and received a B grade but
this success to was short lived as this past year its grade dropped to a C but would
have dropped to a D if the Chartrand rule wasn’t in effect.
The Chartrand rule, enacted by KIPP benefactor and chair of
the state board of education Gary Chartrand said grades of schools could only drop
one letter grade no matter what.
Well friends despite little success it is expanding and
building a gym too.  http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=540594

KIPP spends about a third more per student than public schools
do and has very influential friends but despite this success has been elusive
which begs the question why are they being allowed to expand.  

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