By Richard Barth, Chief Executive Officer, KIPP Foundation
I’m thrilled to share some news coming out of two KIPP communities. Thanks to recent decisions, even more students and families in Chicago and Nashville will have access to an excellent public education.
We received word last week that KIPP Nashville was approved to open two new schools. After winning their state appeal with a unanimous vote, KIPP Nashville is ready to add a new elementary and middle school. This will bring KIPP Nashville’s network to seven schools total. Our team in Nashville, led by Randy Dowell, is prepared to play an integral role in ensuring Nashville is a city that is great for all of its children.
At just about the same time we were hearing the news in Nashville, KIPP Chicago won approval to expand. In a unanimous vote, the school board paved the way for a new KIPP school to serve children in grades K-8. The board also approved the expansion of the charter of our existing middle school, KIPP Create College Prep, to serve grades K-8.
As we grow in the communities where we work, our goal remains the same: to help more students succeed in college and lead choice-filled adult lives. We are accepting a tremendous responsibility to do more, for more children and families, in Nashville and Chicago. Congratulations goes out to April Goble and her team in Chicago, and to Randy and his team in Nashville.