I have issues with KIPP. If I could get over their issues with student and teacher attrition, I'd still have problems with their boot camp discipline - the kind of discipline that KIPP's overlords would never allow for their own kids, but are fine using on poor children of color. Were I able to come to terms with the punitive management, the anti-union sentiment would get me, and even if I hadn't been raised by union laborers, I'd have to question the lack of cultural competence and remedial pedagogy that KIPP supports.
In short: not a fan. I don't buy the hype, I find their rhetoric offensive and their theory of change racist and repugnant.
This is a report on the shenanigans at KIPP Fresno:
Notice to Cure and Correct
Perhaps, like me, you're curious as to what Mr. Tschang is up to these days. I think I may have seen an update on Schools Matter, but couldn't find it. However, a quick Google search presents this charter school network blog. He's a "Regional Superintendent".
I don't believe bad conduct in one job should mean one is doomed for life. I believe in redemption and righting wrongs. It's possible that Mr. Tschang no longer believes starving children, cheating on federal programs and state tests, and the humiliation of kids in the name of discipline are acceptable policies.
The fact that he highlights his KIPP experience with nary a mention of the circumstances that led to his resignation, coupled with his denials and denigrations of those who spoke against him suggest to me that he has not had a change of heart.
You know, it gets tiresome hearing about the innovative innovations at those unfettered and fancy-free charter schools - particularly as they use their extra private money for heavy administrative chains like Achievement First has while I can look forward to my fourth annual pink slip as I total the hundreds of dollars I've spent this year on enabling creative, multimodal learning experiences in my classroom.
But when those innovations are abusive to children, it's appalling.