KIPP charter schools expanding in failure-filled industry
Since 1993, when charter schools started cropping up around the nation, few have shown the test scores and popular success of the Knowledge Is Power Program, the Houston-based network long praised by President Bush and education experts as a model in a system where so many experiments have failed.
"It's not that charter schools are doing radically different things but it's easier for charter schools to try different things," said Jeff Henig, a professor of education and political science at Columbia University
's Teachers College. "You get more dramatic failures because of that freedom to experiment but you also have the prospect of having clever and innovative strategies that work and provide a model."
This article appeared in the April 2007 edition of the KRISTV.com