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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Evidence That KIPP Is Still Abusing Students

For the past few years, we have been hearing more rhetoric from KIPP, Inc. about how KIPP has turned a page from the No Excuses cultural sterilization era, with happy talk about restorative practices at KIPP, sensitivity to racial equity, etc.  

Don't be hoodwinked. KIPP students continued to be abused, segregated, and humiliated. A Chicago lawsuit by a KIPP parent:

In the case of Beverly Cage, as next of friend of minor John Doe, versus KIPP Academy Chicago and Donnell McDavid, filed on May 15, 2024, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Case No. 24-CV-966), the plaintiff alleges civil rights violations under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and other claims.

The complaint details that between 2022 and 2024, John Doe was subjected to bullying and improper disciplinary actions at KIPP Academy Chicago. Specifically, Assistant Principal Donnell McDavid allegedly left John Doe alone in a classroom without access to food, water, or bathroom facilities on multiple occasions. On October 20, 2023, McDavid reportedly threatened violence against John Doe and locked him in a classroom for over three hours. . . .

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