KIPP Co-Founder David Levin on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report
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The Colbert Report |
Link to Episode Video On Wednesday, October 1, 2008, Dave Levin, Co-Founder of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) appeared on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Click on the link above to watch the episode. Dave Levin appears in the third segment. KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 66 KIPP schools in 19 states and the District of Columbia serving over 16,000 students. KIPP builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. By providing outstanding educators, more time in school learning, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP is helping all students climb the mountain to college. Every day, KIPP students across the nation are proving that demography does not define destiny. Eighty percent of our students are low-income, and 90 percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 90 percent of KIPP middle school students have gone on to college-preparatory high schools, and more than 80 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college. In a August 17, 2008 feature story in The New York Times Magazine, Paul Tough described KIPP as the best-known and arguably the most successful network of charter schools in the country.