KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), a nonprofit with an excellent track record, is taking over Denver’s worst middle school and will turn it into a charter school.
From Ed Week:
Rival proposals for the Denver charter came from two for-profit education management organizations with experience in taking over failing schools: Edison Schools Inc. and Mosaica Education, both based in New York City. A Denver parents’ group called Padres Unidos had submitted a fourth plan proposing to replicate a locally operated charter school in Pueblo, Colo., called Cesar Chavez Academy.
Converting a consistently low-performing school to a charter is one of five options mentioned in the No Child Left Behind Act. However, this conversion was the first to result from a Colorado law calling for schools that fail to improve for three years to become charters.
KIPP will start fresh with a class of fifth graders in 2006, then add a new class every year to create a fifth-through-eighth grade school; it will seek a partner to run the existing school next year.