Charter school proponents and opponents are digging in over expansion in Lynn

Caleb Dolan, KIPP’s executive director, said the school, which has been in Lynn since 2005, is seeking to grow the number of students it serves in its K-12 classrooms. Today, the school houses more than 1,300 children. He said KIPP Academy has a waiting list of more than 1,300 Lynn families.

“With a proven track record of success, and an overwhelming demand by parents, we see it is our obligation to grow and offer this public school option to more students in Lynn,” he said.

O’Neil disagreed and said KIPP accepts far fewer special education and limited English speakers than Lynn Public Schools and as a result creates a funding inequity.

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Meet Brenda Torres and learn about her journey from waitlisted student to KALC senior

I first heard about KIPP MA when my cousin in law told me she was a student there. She shared how teachers really care about your education and want to see you succeed as a student. I believe KIPP will help me achieve academic success. I will be attending Hamilton College on a full posse scholarship when I graduate this June.” – Brenda Torres, Class of 2018.

Brenda was on the waitlist for a year and attended another High School while waiting to get picked in the lottery. She enrolled in 10th grade when her brother, then a 5th grader, was picked.

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Read Starann Butler’s Story–her child has been on the waitlist for three years

Starann’s daughter, now a 2nd grader, has been on the KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary waitlist for 3 years. She plans to keep entering the lottery for KIPP each year.

KIPP is growing to answer family demand. Last year we had over 1,000 students on the waitlist in Lynn. Help us give families what they want. Join us on Dec 7 4-6 pm @ Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development, 10 Church St.

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