For most parents, teachers and students in the St. Louis region, today is the first day of spring break.
It’s a welcome respite from early morning bus rides, long days in class, homework and the other rigors of the school year.
Loath as we are to interfere with your break, we’d like to recommend some reading, particularly for you adults: There’s a study recently completed that examines the record of the highly touted Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools. It should be mandatory vacation reading for education policy makers.
Here’s the CliffsNotes version:
KIPP middle schools work. They raise student performance. They reduce the performance gap between low-income students and their more affluent cohorts. The KIPP experiment offers a model for other charter schools and public schools alike.