KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth announced today that it will welcome its first class of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students when it opens its doors in August. Through a unique partnership, KIPP Destiny Pre-K will be powered by Mi Escuelita Preschool and will serve 60 students who will be eligible to automatically matriculate into kindergarten at KIPP Destiny Elementary the following year.
The Esping Family Foundation has awarded a five year, one million dollar pace-setting grant to support KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth's (KIPP DFW) Capacity Building Program in southern Dallas. The Capacity Building Program is part of KIPP DFW's larger effort to expand to 10 schools serving 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The project will help expand school support services, establish and operate a teacher residency program, and provide college-readiness services for students and alumni.
Eighth grade math and science students at KIPP DFW TRUTH Academy in Dallas will no longer have to share high tech calculators or go without the aid of the essential educational technology thanks to Service King Collision Repair Center’s distribution of TI-84 graphing calculators to the college preparatory middle school.
On the Education Blog Tuesday, and in yesterday’s paper, was the note about Andre Agassi’s REIT partnering with KIPP to open its second charter school in Dallas — this one, an elementary in an empty strip shopping center at Camp Wisdom and Westmoreland Roads.
No doubt you recall the firestorm that erupted at Dallas City Hall earlier this year, when charter-school-operating Uplift Education asked the city to form that corporation that would allow it to sell $85 million worth of bonds for a planned expansion that includes that newly opened Deep Ellum campus.
I don’t believe that charter schools are a magic bullet. In fact, I don’t think there is a magic bullet when it comes to education. But I am thrilled to see KIPP report that it is opening a southern Dallas elementary school next year.
Dallas philanthropists Bill and Heather Esping hosted a VIP Tour to benefit KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth ahead of the reopening of their restaurant, Place at Perry's, on February 16, which raised just over $15,000 for the Dallas charter school.