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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