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Date: 2015-10-15

KIPP New Jersey Files for Charter Renewal and Expansion in Newark

KIPP New Jersey Files for Charter Renewal and Expansion in Newark Charter Network Further Underscores Commitment to Community in Filing

October 15, 2015 – Newark, New Jersey – KIPP New Jersey today announced that it has filed for renewal of its existing charter and an expansion of its presence in the city of Newark with the New Jersey Department of Education. The filing includes a renewal of the current charter for KIPP New Jersey’s TEAM Charter Schools as well as approval to open five additional KIPP New Jersey schools in Newark, including pre-K. Since opening its first Newark charter school in 2002, KIPP New Jersey has grown to serve over 3,700 children in the state of New Jersey.

“We ask ourselves a series of essential questions in evaluating our success at KIPP New Jersey,” said Ryan Hill, CEO and founder of KIPP New Jersey. “Two of those questions are: are we serving the kids who need us the most, and are our students are progressing and achieving academically?’ We can say unequivocally that across all our KIPP New Jersey schools, the answer to both of those questions is yes. Parents in Newark, like parents in all communities across New Jersey, want to be able to choose the school that best suits their children’s individual needs. Thousands of families in Newark have already chosen KIPP and thousands more are on waiting lists hoping for additional space to open up in our schools. Today’s expansion request represents an affirmation of our commitment to the families we already serve, as well as those who have made it clear that they want to be a part of the KIPP New Jersey family as well.”

“It is a basic civil right that every child in Newark be afforded a high quality education,” said Rashon K. Hasan, MBA, School Advisory Board Member. “That means that our children must have access to the best teachers, the best technology, and the best facilities. Parents should not be forced to accept a subpar education for their children. If we fail our children today we can only blame ourselves if they stumble and fail our city in the future. As leaders we should be developing a plan to improve education for every child in Newark while working diligently to create opportunities instead of stripping them away. Whether it’s a traditional public school or charter school, every school in Newark must be a great school. We owe this to our children and we owe this to our city!”

Through its charter renewal and expansion application, KIPP New Jersey is looking to add a total of 5,440 additional seats in Newark, bringing the network to a total of 15 schools across the city. With each school it founds in Newark, KIPP New Jersey devotes significant resources to funding renovations to existing buildings, outfitting classrooms with new infrastructure and technologies, as well as the construction of new state-of-the-art facilities, resulting in the infusion of millions of dollars into the city. To date, KIPP New Jersey has invested over $100 million dollars in facility improvements and new construction in Newark.

“Since coming to KIPP, my child, Nia, has made remarkable gains,” said parent Sydney Scott-Williams. “She’s happy and progressing better than we could have possibly imagined. We owe this to the incredible teachers and staff at KIPP who believed in her and gave her the confidence and support she needed to realize her full potential. We fully support KIPP as they look to continue their mission and expand here in Newark as this not only gives our child the opportunity to continue to excel, but other families’ children as well.”

About KIPP NJ

KIPP New Jersey schools are part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to serve over 3,700 students in grades K-12 in Newark and Camden. More than 88% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced meals.

In the next few years, KIPP New Jersey will have ten schools in Newark and five in Camden providing world-class education to over 7,300 students. By offering outstanding educators with strong bonds to the families we serve, more time in school learning, services that support a variety of student needs and a culture focused on achievement, our students are on the path to and through college proving that demographics don’t define destiny. Visit KIPPNJ.org to learn more.

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