It is past time to take a hard look at the KIPP school

Even Pam Stewart, the Education Commissioner knows they are full of well you know.

From Politico: State education Commissioner Pam Stewart, in a sardonic text exchange with a colleague, accused a prominent GOP donor who chairs a Jacksonville charter school chain of using misleading data to boast about students’ test scores, according to public records obtained by POLITICO 


Florida.Stewart said in a text message to a top saff member that the leaders of KIPP Jacksonville overstated the percentage of third graders who passed state reading exams. 


In the May 19 conversation, Stewart was critical of Gary Chartrand, a member and former chair of the state Board of Education who also heads the governing panel for KIPP’s three Florida charter schools. Chartrand, executive chairman of Acosta Inc., a Jacksonville sales and marketing firm, is a reliable campaign donor to Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott. 


In the texts, Stewart suggested Chartrand and the network’s executive director, Tom Majdanics, had been bragging that 41 percent of third graders at KIPP VOICE Elementary School passed this year’s reading tests, when the figure was actually 35 percent.

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/08/08/in-texts-scotts-education-chief-mocks-charter-school-leaders-creative-test-score-claim-113834

If they are lying, err exaggerating about this, what else are they exaggerating about?

And if that was just it, I could move along, but its not, here are some of their greatest hits.

They combined there two schools in order to avoid a bad grade after taking money in grants to establish a second school.

https://testing.gfordistrict3.com/2017/06/the-state-lets-chartrands-kipp-school.html

While on the state board of education benefactor Gary Chartrand had the rules changed so school grades could only drop one letter grade protecting his KIPP school from dropping from a miraculous B, one year after being the worst performing school in Northeast Florida, to a D. What I call the Chartrand rule, a rule the state has since got rid of allowed KIPP to only drop to a C.

https://testing.gfordistrict3.com/2013/07/did-gary-chartrand-have-grades-changed.html  

Then there is KIPP’s wait list which they point to like it was the crown jewels. Well how legit is it?

First Duval performs no over site to charter school lotteries, read that gain.

https://testing.gfordistrict3.com/2015/08/no-oversight-for-duvals-charter-school.html

Then in 2015 despite a supposedly huge wait list, they still hadn’t reached their max enrollment

https://testing.gfordistrict3.com/2015/05/who-is-lying-kipp-or-superintendent.html

Also do they back fill or don’t they back fill?

Then google “KIPP wait list” and problems nation wide come up.

We are not done yet though.

How about the KIPP grades which are more up and down that a yoyo and remember the district just combined their two schools to protect their elementary school from a bad grade. The grades of the middle school have been, C,C,D,B,D,B, and F

http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/

Hardly great when you factor in, selection bias, they have a lower percentage of free and reduced lunch than their neighbors, have longer school days, spend more money per pupil and could put actual requirements on parents.

Finally, I am troubled by Gary Chartrand, KIPP’s founder giving money to politicians who in turn send wheel barrels full of cash to KIPP, then do his political bidding and his recent attempt to blackmail the district.

https://testing.gfordistrict3.com/2017/05/did-gary-chartrand-pay-politicians-to.html

https://testing.gfordistrict3.com/2017/07/chartrands-bought-and-paid-for.html

https://testing.gfordistrict3.com/2017/07/becki-couch-calls-out-gary-chartrand.html

https://testing.gfordistrict3.com/2014/11/how-gary-chartrand-bought-school.html

At the absolute very least, KIPP is not the model school that the Times Union’s editorial board and the city’s elite makes it out to be.

Also at the very least I have posed some legitimate questions and concerns.

2 Replies to “It is past time to take a hard look at the KIPP school”

  1. True deliberative bodies tend to allow dissent, Shine said, pointing out that even the Supreme Court allows written dissents and legislatures acknowledge their political minorities.

    Is this the same person that wants to sue people for criticizing him? I wonder if he knows the definition of a hypocrite.

    “Sometimes … when you’re in this type of minority, there’s nothing else you can do,” Shine said. “Sometimes the only thing you can do is go to the public and, through activism, bring your initiative there, to create a groundswell of interest, enthusiasm and emotion. I don’t mean disrespect.”

    What an a@#hole!

  2. @Bibliophile, Definitely after legislation & Supreme Court acknowledgement their would be no excuse to recognize political minorities.

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