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With our public education schools failing, there are alternatives offered, such as private and parochial schools. Another popular unconventional education system is a charter school. A charter school is defined as a tax-supported school recognized by a charter between a permitting body (as a school board) and an outside group (teachers and parents) which operates the school without most local and state educational guidelines to achieve goals set by the administration (Merriam Webster dictionary). However, a school’s charter is reviewed intermittently (typically every three to five years) and can be annulled if guidelines on curriculum and management are not followed or if the standards are not met (U.S. Department of Education 2000). One of the popular charters is The Knowledge is Power Program also known as KIPP. The Knowledge is Power Program was inaugurated in 1994 with the ideology to create a classroom that helps students develop abilities that would be necessary to succeed in college and their career. Ultimately, this philosophy of education was to provide the students with the tools to build a better future for the communities they lived in. Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, the two founders of the school, started up their charter in Houston and New York in 1994 and before the turn of the new millennium, the original charter schools were amongst the uppermost preforming schools in their communities. Mike and Dave merged a partnership with the co-founders of Gap Inc., in the year 2000. This trust was to ensure that the leaders of the schools were provided with sufficient training to emulate the success of the founding schools. Today, KIPP changed the lives of over 41,000 students in over 20 states, including Washington, D.C. One of the main views of this distinguished charter school is their commitment to excellence for every student that walks into the school. It requires a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that put learning first. Before a...
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