Last updated 01/17/22
The KIPP Foundation is flush with cash. Over the past 20 years, KIPP has received dozens of federal grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2019, alone, KIPP has handed a whopping $86 million by the U.S. Department of Education.
And on top of the hundreds of millions of dollars in per pupil funding each year that public school system pay out to the corporate welfare kings of the charter world, the KIPP Foundation took in $90 million in grants and tax exempt donations just in 2020.
Kaivan Yuen, assistant superintendent for educational services, recommended the board vote to deny the request for a number of reasons, including:
- There was no indication on how teachers can manage time and structure to hold student conferences while also providing lessons to the other students.
- Noncredentialed teachers are responsible for a classroom the last Friday of each month.
- There is insufficient time for students who are learning to speak Spanish.
- There is no program for gifted students
- KIPP’s special education program relies entirely on membership in getting approved for a program based in El Dorado County and its petition does not adequately explain what happens if KIPP doesn’t get in.
- No details were provided for physical education classes.
- There is no description of a specific health unit or curriculum.