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Date: 2015-07-12

KIPP New Jersey Representatives to Attend This Year’s NAACP Convention in Philadelphia

For Immediate Release

JULY 13, 2015 —PHILADELPHIA, PA—The KIPP national network of public charter schools will be sponsoring two KIPP New Jersey leaders to represent the national network at this year’s NAACP Annual Convention July 11-15.

The KIPP Foundation has selected ten distinguished educators from the KIPP network of schools to attend the convention, hailing from seven cities: Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Oklahoma City, OK; and Philadelphia, PA. Shennell McCloud, Director of Advocacy, and Dana Murray, Director of Community Relations, were chosen to attend the convention by the KIPP Foundation in recognition their leadership and dedication to improving public education for all. Tracy McDaniel, founder and Executive Director of KIPP Reach College Prep middle school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will chair the delegation.

“It’s a great honor to represent KIPP New Jersey at this critical gathering,” said McCloud. “Like KIPP New Jersey, the NAACP values educational equality and I eagerly anticipate hearing from key leaders who are standing at the forefront of change.”

KIPP New Jersey currently operates public charter schools in Newark and Camden serving more than 7,300 students in grades K-12. 91 percent of the students in Newark and 57 percent of the students in Camden attending KIPP New Jersey are African American, and 87 percent of students in Newark and 100% of students in Camden qualify for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. KIPP New Jersey sends more African American students to college than any other high school in Newark.

Thousands are expected to attend the 106th Annual NAACP Convention, which aims to unite activists, lawmakers, artists and others on issues of education equality, health equality, voting rights, criminal justice reform, and economic justice. The five-day conference will include speakers such as President Barack Obama, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

KIPP New Jersey is part of the KIPP national network of 162 high-performing college prep charter schools that have longer school days and a focus on building relationships with families. Nationally, KIPP students graduate from college at a rate that is above the national average and more than four times the rate for students from similar backgrounds.

KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg said, “KIPP New Jersey schools are an exemplar when it comes to helping students succeed. We are proud that these representatives of KIPP can support the fight for educational and economic equality, and look forward to working with the NAACP to increase opportunities for all children.”

About KIPP New Jersey

KIPP New Jersey is 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 2,800 students in grades K-12 in Newark and Camden. More than 88% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced meals.

By the year 2020, KIPP New Jersey will have ten schools in Newark and five in Camden providing world-class education to over 7,300 students – representing 10% of the children in Newark’s public schools and over 20% of those in Camden. To learn more, visit www.kippnj.org.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Shearer
jshearer@kippnj.org
201-290-5892