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December 25, 2012

More problems in the land of opportunity

Filed under: Education — Mike Kueber @ 4:12 am
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 Earlier today, I blogged about a NY Times article that reported on the difficulty of some poor kids in south Texas getting through college.  The kids were previously enrolled in a federal program called Upward Bound, which is intended to get disadvantaged kids to college, but apparently it fails to get them through college.   

In an amazing coincidence, an article in today’s San Antonio Express-News reports on the same problem, except that the failing program is not Upward Bound, but rather nationally renowned charter school – KIPP.  According to the E-N article:

  • While the Knowledge Is Power Program seems to have cracked the code on preparing low-income students for college, fewer than half of the youngsters who started middle school in KIPP have graduated from college within 10 years. KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg wants that number to reach at least 75 percent, meaning the charter school system must figure out how to help its students overcome the obstacles that make them so much more likely to drop out of college.”

KIPP has received a three-year, $3.3 million grant to figure out why its students fail to achieve a college degree.  When they crack that nut, they should share their insights with Upward Bound.


1 Comment »

  1. college, like most things, is 99% desire. you can skill someone that wants skills, you cannot motivate someone. that comes from within.

    Comment by q — December 26, 2012 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

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