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Date: 2017-04-07

KIPP NJ Students Teach Us How To Be the Change

Last Wednesday KIPP New Jersey hosted the 10th annual “Be the Change” celebration, its primary fundraising initiative. By the end of the evening KIPP NJ, which manages the much sought-after public charter school group with facilities in Newark and Camden, had raised over $1.8 million, all of which will be directly funneled into classrooms. Luminaries included Shavar Jeffries, president of Democrats for Education Reform; Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation, Ays Necioglu, Vice President of SEO Scholars; and Dr. Daniel Porterfield; President of Franklin & Marshall College, In addition, “Be the Change” inaugurated its first panel discussion, which this year focused on the “degree gap” -- the disparity between the percentages of students of color and white students who earn college degrees. Panelists considered initiatives to improve college access and inculcate persistence and “grit" in order to allay impediments to degree completion.

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