"A child's learning is the funtion more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, February 06, 2014

KIPP Uses Funds Shortage As Excuse to Shut Two Galveston Schools

Having collected hundreds of millions of federal grants, public education dollars, and tax-exempt philanthrocapitalist cash, KIPP Inc. is the richest corporate charter chain in the world.

Yet when Galveston Schools finally decided it was unfair to give KIPP $1.5 million more per year than it does for the same number of its public schools, KIPP decided that the public teat is no longer fat enough to justify keeping its two Galveston schools open.

When you look at test scores by these two schools, one has to wonder if there were other considerations for closing them.  It is easy enough to see that the Galveston KIPPs were a drag on the KIPP Houston branding, which is based on delivering test scores at any cost to students and teachers.  It would not be the first time that KIPP has cut and run when low scoring schools threatened the national brand.

Surely someone can help:

$60,000,000 and Above
Doris & Donald Fisher Fund
Walton Family Foundation

$10,000,000-$24,999,999
Atlantic Philanthropies
Broad Foundation
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Robertson Foundation
Gates Foundation

$5,000,000-$9,999,999
Anonymous
Accenture
Citi Foundation
Thomas and Susan Dunn
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Karsh Family Foundation
New Profit, Inc.
Rainwater Charitable Foundation
Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe

$1,000,000–$4,999,999
Anonymous (2)
Philippe and Debbie Dauman
Reed Hastings and Patty Quillin
Marcus Foundation
Miles Family Foundation


$500,000_–999,999
Anonymous (2)
John and Laura Fisher
Morgridge Family Foundation
Maximilian Stone
U.S. Department of Education


$100,000–$499,999
Abrams Foundation
Gordon T. Bell
The Big D. Foundation
Steven and Marilyn Casper
Ben Chereskin
Kelly Coffey
Robert and Elizabeth Fisher
William and Sakurako Fisher
The G.R. Harsh IV & M.C. Whitman Charitable Foundation
Leon Lowenstein Foundation
The McCance Foundation Trust
John and Hee-Jung Moon
Peter B. and Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation
Seed the Dream Foundation
Select Equity Group, Inc.
Stephen Jr. and Susan Mandel
Susquehanna Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


$50,000_–$99,999
Anonymous
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Baker, II
Jim and Connie Calaway
Gary Chartrand
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York
David Goldberg and Sheryl Sandberg
Gurley Family Fund
Hellman Family Foundation
JaMel and Tom Perkins Family Foundation
The Jay Pritzker Foundation
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation
The Katzman Family Fund
Jeffrey and Linda Kofsky
Heidi Lynch and Daniel Greenstone
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Elizabeth McLaughlin
Orinoco
Palm, Inc. Corporate Headquarters
Stephen and Deborah Quazzo

Thompson Family Foundation


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