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Mike Feinberg is the Co-Founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and was the Superintendent of KIPP Houston, which includes 209 public charter schools in twenty states: seventy middle schools, thirty seven primary schools, and eighteen high schools. More than 87% of the KIPP students come from low-income families. To date, more than 90% of KIPPsters have graduated high school and more than 80% have gone to college.
The Founding of KIPP and KIPP Houston
Feinberg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and later joined Teach For America (TFA), where he taught fifth grade for three years.
While serving in TFA, Feinberg and his fellow corps member Dave Levin came up with the idea for KIPP during a late-night brainstorming session in 1993. KIPP was founded in 1994, and KIPP Houston was established a year later.
The KIPP Foundation
In 2000, Mike Feinberg, Dave Levin, and Doris and Don Fisher co-founded the KIPP Foundation to help train school leaders to expand KIPP by opening more KIPP schools.
As of February 2018, KIPP is a network of 209 high-performing public schools around the nation serving more than 90,000 students.
Awards and Recognition
Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin earned many awards, such as the 2006 S. Roger Horchow Award (Jefferson Award) for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an Honorary Degree from Yale University, the Thomas Fordham Foundation Price for Valor, the Charles Bronfman Prize, and the Presidential Citizen’s medal.
Feinberg and Levin’s efforts became the story told by Jay Mathews, in his best-selling book, Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created America’s Most Promising Schools. KIPP has also inspired Paul Tough to write How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.
Misconduct and Resignation
In February 2018, Feinberg was removed from his position at KIPP due to sexual misconduct allegations involving a KIPP middle school student in the late 1990s and two KIPP employees in the early 2000s. Feinberg denied the accusation by the middle school student, and reached a financial settlement with one of the two KIPP employees.
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- Hartocollis, Anemona (2018-02-22). "Michael Feinberg, a Founder of KIPP Schools, Is Fired After Misconduct Claims". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
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