New KIPP charter venture turns school into community hub

Monday, July 21, 2014

First: schools. Next: a community.

The KIPP charter school chain has stepped up its game at its newest campus in the Gulfton neighborhood in southwest Houston. It's launching a new community-building model designed to break the cycle of poverty by working with other nonprofits to provide everything from good schools to health care and, ultimately, mixed-income housing.

"We'll really be able to capture lightning in a bottle," KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg said. "The sky is the limit."

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