Knowledge is Power Program

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KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, "is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. There are currently 58 locally-run KIPP schools in 17 states and Washington, DC, which are serving over 14,000 students. KIPP schools have been widely recognized for putting underserved students on the path to college. More than 80 percent of KIPP students are low-income and more than 90 percent are African American or Hispanic/Latino. Nationally, nearly 80 percent of KIPP alumni have matriculated to college." [1]

"KIPP began in 1994 when two teachers, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, launched a fifth grade public school program in inner-city Houston, TX, after completing their commitment to Teach For America. In 1995, Feinberg remained in Houston to lead KIPP Academy Middle School, and Levin returned home to New York City to establish KIPP Academy in the South Bronx." [2]



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  1. Homepage, KIPP, accessed July 7, 2007.
  2. Overview, KIPP, accessed July 7, 2007.