KIPP KC Charter School

Didn’t KCPS okay a KIPP KC Charter School?

The reason we ask comes from the Houston Chronicle:

“Mary Courtney was one of KIPP Houston’s biggest advocates, even as she had to borrow money from relatives to keep up with payments to the charter school.

“She drove to Austin during School Choice Week, talking to lawmakers about why they should better fund charter schools. She volunteered on campus. She paid thousands in fees so her boys and other students could have access to books and science materials.

“But that was before she realized the fees she was paying were optional, something never mentioned by teachers or principals or on the fee agreement forms that the schools – KIPP Liberation College Prep and KIPP PEACE Elementary – tied to student registration. Now, Courtney and several other KIPP Houston parents are furious because they believe they were duped by the charter nonprofit system into paying for what they believe should be a free public education.

On a whim we downloaded the student handbook in question, and if you look at page 23 you’ll see that parents can be charged fees for picking up a confiscated cellphone, picking up children late after school, not to mention the infamous (though undefined) “etc.” category.

What a fuckin’ racket.

“At no time if I thought the fees were optional would I have paid for them, especially when I’m struggling to put food on the table or clothes on my children’s backs,” Courtney said. “It’s a lot to ask of a single parent, and it’s wrong for them to allocate fees from parents, especially knowing the demographic area where a majority of their school campuses are.”

It would ne nice to know if what appears to be a bait-and-switch tactic is being promulgated throughout the KIPP empire, more specifically right here in River City.

Hmm. Anyone know a local newspaper that still does investigative journalism?

KIPP KC Charter School

It\’s Like There\’s a Trend

Despite educating the Astas in private schools 1, there is at least one solid argument for public schools. To wit:

It’s like there’s a trend: the offspring of privileged and influential families who matriculate costly (and therefore necessarily culturally segregated) schools and universitys, later turn out to be cold-hearted, bigoted narcissists who disavow meritocracy (which, as it turns out, is but a myth) and instead affirm devinez le droit de rois, despite the painfully plentiful examples of their own incompetence.

It's Like There's a Trend

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  1. More about this later, but –longish tale abbreviated– we’ve brought the girls home from Switzerland to finish their education with the local nuns.
  2. TRUE FACT! DeVos pick once faced discrimination for being white!!! Oh, the horror…
  3. What do you think his major was – Obtuseness, with a minor in Stupidity?
  4. Obviously where he learned to knife-fight.

Académie Lafayette

K-12 Growth Plan Update 3/30/2017

Dear families and staff,

We are pleased to give you this update on progress toward accomplishing our K-12 Growth Plan as discussed with families on February 9th, 2017.

Summary: On February 9th we presented a plan to provide both an expanded kindergarten and a high school, beginning in 2018. The K-12 Growth Plan will add one building to the current two-campus system.

Progress to date:

  1. The Board of Directors has made an offer on the property at 201 East Armour Boulevard. This building will be the third building in our system. Built in 1957, the property features 69,000 square feet of interior space and sits on two acres of land. It includes a nearby athletic field. From 2001 to 2013, the building was home to Derrick Thomas Academy, a charter public school that served over 900 students in grades K-12. Académie Lafayette currently serves 940 students at two campuses. [Ed. Note: Cherry campus is nearby.]
  2. While the owners, Wilmington Trust, N. A., have accepted our offer, it is contingent on the outcome of a 120-day inspection and vetting period.
  3. During the next four months we will:
  • Authorize property and site inspections (which may include soil tests, environmental tests, and foundation and mechanical inspections)
  • Establish the property’s appraised value
  • Solidify financing and fundraising plans

If we are unsatisfied with any of the outcomes, we can and will terminate the contract. Our earnest money is fully refundable within the first 90 days.

We are planning a meeting about this new site and will keep you informed about the date and location.

Thank you for your continued support of our school.
Sincerely,

Elimane Mbengue                                           Chad Phillips
Head of School                                                President, Board of Directors

Académie Lafayette

Relevant links:

Derrick Thomas Academy – Wiki
Derrick Thomas Academy – Past Lifealmost
Derrick Thomas Academy – Outside Photos

A Screaming Comes Across the Sky

banana-pancakesI was making banana pancakes.

NPR was going on about Bannon’s OMP‘s budget proposal, a blueprint for a societal counterrevolution if I’ve ever seen one; massive increases in spending on both military operations and domestic repression, while pulling a Ripper on domestic social programs (some as much as 30 percent) while eliminating outright dozens of agencies and programs.

I dance into the dining room, a platter of pancakes at the ready, doing my best Vincent Price 1: “A screaming comes across the sky…”

Silence.

Asta finally shakes her head and mutters “Dad, you’re soooo weird.”

Ima gonna have speaks with that child’s school; this unconscionable. 2

A Screaming Comes Across the Sky

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  1. An excellent imitation, if I say so myself. Had Michael ever heard it he would have had ME doing the voice-over for Thriller.
  2. Speaking of unconscionable, my March Madness bracket is all but bust. And if Kentucky doesn’t win the whole thang, I’m dead in the water. 36 points, people. 36! Freaking ouch.