KIPP Academy Lynn Responds to February 20, 2018 DESE Decision on Charter Expansion
State education officials recently calculated that no more charter seats are available in Lynn
KIPP Academy Lynn today responded to notification from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) that the school’s request to expand to serve more students has been halted, due to a recalculation of charter seats available in Lynn.
KIPP was notified on Tuesday, February 20 that its request to expand its charter to serve an additional 1,000 students, beginning next school year, would not be recommended to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education because DESE recently discovered that Lynn Public Schools are no longer performing in the bottom 10 percent of school districts in the state and, as a result, no more charter seats can be awarded in Lynn at this time.
“This is devastating news to the more than 2,000 families on our waitlist who are demanding access to our school,” said Caleb Dolan, KIPP Massachusetts Executive Director. “It is encouraging to learn that the Lynn Public Schools are improving, but the demand for more quality options remains among the families of Lynn. We are committed to Lynn and look forward to finding ways to create more excellent educational options for all families.”
KIPP, a public charter school which has operated in Lynn since 2004, is seeking to grow the number of students it serves in its K-12 schools in Lynn. Currently, KIPP Academy Lynn has a waitlist of more than 2,000 Lynn families. In December, hundreds of parents and community members packed a public hearing held by state education board members to voice their support of KIPP’s request.
The KIPP leadership team is now evaluating all options available to the school. Plans to renovate KIPP’s new high school building in downtown Lynn on Wheeler Street, remain unchanged.
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KIPP MA PLANS for the Future: 4100 students by 2026
“Across KIPP MA’s schools more classrooms than ever are primed for monumental growth and achievement academically and more students than ever are developing the agency and strong self identity necessary to lead adult lives of independence and impact.
We do not believe in schools where students sit silently waiting to be told what to do by the teacher. I regularly observe classrooms in our schools where students are leaping from their seats to share thoughts about complex texts in history and English while tackling knotty problems in math and science. Our 8th graders are designing toys for students with cerebral palsy and the top student engineers will have a chance to present their designs to Boston Children’s Hospital.
This evolution and improvement in teaching and learning is the result of relentless teacher effort, coaching and feedback and hundreds of leader observations and interventions. We know that great teaching doesn’t just improve test scores, it changes how students feel about learning and their own efficacy.
As we move toward educating more and more students and educating them better than ever; we are committed to impacting each student’s future beyond our walls.”
– Caleb Dolan| Executive Director
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Our monumental growth and achievement goals for K-12 Kippsters are…
KIPP MA will provide a high quality education to over 4,100 students by 2026
Why Financial Sustainability Matters
- To realize monumental growth and achievement with KIPPsters across a rigorous and aligned K-12 curriculum
- To grow to reach more students in educationally underserved communities across Massachusetts
- To enable alumni, parents, and families to develop the power to make political change
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- Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (vote on KIPP Lynn Expansion)
All meetings begin at 8:30 am at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden.
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