KIPP Charter Schools Miss Out On National Broad Prize, But Founder Calls It 'Collective Win'

The Houston-grown KIPP charter school network was in the running for a national education prize, but came up short Tuesday.

The Broad Prize for charter schools went to Uncommon Schools, which has charter schools in the Northeast.

Still, KIPP’s track record stood out among the three finalists, according to Rebecca Wolf Dibiase with the Broad Foundation.

“They’re doing it at such high levels not just in one region, but across the country and that’s pretty unique about KIPP,” she said.

The charter school winner gets $250,000 to help low-income students prepare for college.

Mike Feinberg, one of KIPP’s founders, said it was an honor just to be a finalist. He said KIPP and other charters can still share in the prize.

“When anyone of us has a victory, it’s a collective victory. And when any one of us has a setback, it’s a collective setback,” he said.

There’s one more round to the national competition. That’s the Broad Prize for traditional urban school districts.

The Houston Independent School District is one of three finalists for that. HISD will find out if it wins in September.

 

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Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for KUHF, including K-12 and higher education.

Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and regularly contributed to WLRN, the local NPR affiliate and Miami Herald news partner...