Philadelphia News

The century-old building that housed Camden's J.G. Whittier Family School, which was closed last year after falling into a dangerous state of disrepair, will reopen this year as a new KIPP school, Camden City School District officials said Tuesday. KIPP, the nonprofit that operates the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy in nearby Lanning Square, where Tuesday night's school board meeting was held, will invest in major renovations and open it as a charter-public hybrid "Renaissance" school, said Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard. "We heard from residents who said they want students back in the building," said Rouhanifard, who was appointed by Gov. Christie to run the district in 2013. >
The School Reform Commission voted Tuesday night on 12 applications for new charter schools in Philadelphia, approving three of them. Members voted, 4-1, to approve Esperanza Elementary Charter School and Russell Byers Academy Charter School and also green-lighted KIPP North Philadelphia Charter School, 3-1, with Commissioner Farah Jimenez abstaining. Cheers broke out from Esperanza and KIPP North Philadelphia supporters as the SRC announced its decisions on their applications. Several supporters of each school had urged the SRC to approve the applications during the public comment portion of the meeting. >
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Clarence Shippen, a 17-year-old senior at KIPP Charter School — DuBois Collegiate Academy. “I got on a bus with my father to D.C. and when we got there, it was a huge revelation that happened. It was huge; you could barely walk down the street.” >
One day in the summer before fifth grade, Courtney Scott was jumping rope with a friend outside her family's West Philadelphia rowhouse when her parents called her inside to meet a stranger. The visit was not the only thing about KIPP Philadelphia Charter School that would be different. >
Chionque Mines, 22, was not sure how to react to the news that she'd been chosen to introduce President Obama at the recent White House College Opportunity Summit. >
Haley Wilson, a rising senior at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy, is spending days this summer in the law department at GlaxoSmithKline, learning about patents, trademarks, and what it takes to bring a new medicine to market. >
Today, the national network of KIPP charters will announce Rutgers-Camden as the 12th partner on a growing list of universities committed to increasing college graduation rates among low-income students. >
A Princeton-based research firm's analysis of the KIPP national network of charter schools found KIPP middle-school students made substantial gains in core subjects over a three-year span. Mathematica Policy Research was scheduled to release a report Wednesday based on what it called its "most rigorous large-scale evaluation of KIPP charter schools." >
The University of Pennsylvania's partnership with the national network of KIPP charter schools is getting a big financial boost. >
The national network of KIPP charter schools last spring announced plans to more than double the number of its low-income students who graduate from college, by partnering with colleges and universities that encourage KIPP students to apply and support those who enroll. >
Tennis great Andre Agassi and officials of a California real estate company created an unusual joint venture last year to help successful charter schools find affordable and sustainable buildings. On Tuesday, they will celebrate their first charter-school investment: KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy at 2409 W. Westmoreland St. in North Philadelphia's Tioga section. >
Radio Times - Marc Mannella, CEO of KIPP Philadelphia Schools. >
A local nonprofit focusing on children's literacy, a charter organization that operates schools in Philadelphia, and other programs with local ties are among 49 nonprofits and groups nationwide that could receive federal funding for their work over the next five years. >
Cynics say urban education is hopeless. With some old-fashioned ideas, North Philly’s KIPP School is proving them wrong. >
Based on its successful track record, KIPP Philadelphia has been awarded a $4.6 million grant from a national investment fund to help reach its goal of expanding to a network of 10 charter schools in the city over the next decade. >