OKLAHOMA CITY – The Superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools updated the community Thursday, regarding a charter school compromise that was reached earlier this summer.
Last month, the local school board approved a compromise, expanding charter schools without mandating the KIPP program share space with neighborhood schools.
Under the approved agreement, KIPP Reach Charter Preparatory will move from F.D. Moon Elementary to Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in the coming school year.
Expansion for a KIPP elementary and high school will happen in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years respectively.
The locations of the future programs is yet to be determined.
A special task force will evaluate the options and report back in September and December.
Today, Lora updated the community about the compromise.
“Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and FD Mood Academy Families,
I just want to take a moment and update you regarding the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and KIPP Charter co-location plan. The district is working with KIPP, and we are in the process of relocating administrative offices from MLK to make space available for KIPP.
Collaboratively, we are working on a shared space design that provides a safe and effective learning environment for all students. With that in mind KIPP will start their school year at FD Mood Academy on August 22, 2016.
KIPP will start using some space in the coming weeks at MLK for operations, parent meetings, and professional development. OKCPS and KIPP will continue working together and make the future co-location a seamless transition for students while continuing to build a great working relationship which will benefit all of us.
I appreciate you continued support for our students.
Superintendent, Oklahoma City Public Schools”
Update regarding KIPP co-location at MLK Elementary. Superintendent @auroralora_okc informed parents. pic.twitter.com/NMcRzQNthl
— OKC Public Schools (@OKCPS) August 11, 2016
Charter school expansion has become a hot issue in the district lately.
KIPP supporters boast of an impressive state report card and academic accolades, which they say OKCPS could use more of on its northeast side.
Spokesman Gary Jones called the schools “broken” and low-performing, describing the test scores as “night and day” when compared to KIPP scores.
Many opponents said they had no problem with building on a charter school that the state report card shows has had tremendous academic success. They took greater issue with the push to expand KIPP into Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and Douglass High School.
Parents argued the district should fix its own academic problems, rather than handing them off to a charter school. Others worried about a lack of choices if KIPP gets in to neighborhood schools and becomes the only option.