Proposed charter school expansion to help children in Oklahoma

AFC encourages the Oklahoma City School Board to support the expansion of KIPP charter schools in Oklahoma City and offer more educational opportunity to the city’s students. KIPP currently runs a successful middle school in OKC, which had over 300 students enrolled for the 2015-16 school year.

“Oklahoma should embrace offering a wide array of educational options to its students so each and every child can access a world class education,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “KIPP schools have had widespread success across the country and for the past 14 years with their school in Oklahoma City. The school board should support the expansion of these charter schools and all quality educational options for its students.”

Over the past 14 years, KIPP public charter schools have offered a quality option to Oklahoma City middle school students. The charter network is looking to expand and launch both an elementary school and a high school in OKC in the next two years.

KIPP’s Oklahoma City middle school has seen a great deal of success with 98% of the school’s eight graders receiving proficient or advanced scores in reading and 92% receiving proficient of advanced scores in Algebra. The school was also recognized as the best middle school in Oklahoma.

Gary Jones, a KIPP parent, shares why he believes the charter network should expand and how the school has made a difference in the life of his daughter, Isabella: