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Gary Miller

Doing things the wrong way again.
An audit of ISD and Kipp schools should have been done.
What is the total cost, per student, of each?
ISD schools get Federal, State and local funding for a total of over $10,000 per student a year.
Unless I'm mistaken KIPP or state charter schools get state funding only. About $5,000 per student a year. Kipp and charter schools deserve as much Federal and local funding as ISD schools. Even missing goals by 1 point they were out performing all of G ISD schools.
Galveston's most costly schools will continue to educate the least.

Raymond Lewis

I disagree IHOG. GISD should be expected to provide quality schooling for all of its students. The state funds that go to this charter school (and many others) should stay with the district. At the same time, GISD should be held accountable for its short comings and bump things up a notch.

Gary Miller


Right on.
The ISD schools should be required to produce as much education per dollar as the KIPP schools. Instead they get away with producing half as much per dollar.

Lyra Mitchell

I just looked at their district's report card on TEA's website. Kipp's Galveston schools did NOT outperform all of GISD's other schools. They outperformed some, and they underperformed some.

The truth is teaching children living in poverty is not an easy job, regardless of who takes up the cause. There are no easy answers to complicated problems. Kipp knows this is true. That's why they need to extend their school day's hours to get the results they do.

On a side note...I despise the furniture pop- up ad on the home page. It's really irritating.

Gary Miller

Ditto on that pop up add.

The Kipp schools out performed G ISD schools who spent twice as much money.
Qualifying them as twice as good as the G ISD schools. Giving the state funding to G ISD schools means that money will produce half as much education for the money.

GISD Communications

IHOG - KIPP received $2,000 more per student than other GISD schools, paid for by GISD taxpayers. Oppe, an elementary school that received distinguished ratings, received less money and performed well above expectations.

KIPP elementary did not meet expectations. The middle school did. Many GISD schools met and exceeded expectations, some didn't. Not making any excuses here - Ms. Mitchell is right: there is no simple answers to complicated questions.

The reality is, KIPP needed X amount of money to run their model, and GISD, running a $1.8 million deficit budget could not afford it, despite both sides making concessions over the last four years.
-GISD Communications

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