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Dear EducationCEO,

Like you, I am up at 2 in the morning!  I checked my phone and saw that I had an e-mail notification alerting me to a new post on your blog.  The title intrigued me, “Let me set the record straight …”  I couldn’t resisit!  However, please forgive my middle-of-the-night, my laptop-battery-is-low-and-I-don’t-feel-like-fetching-my-powercord-in-the-next-room brief response to one thing in particular that you wrote:   

Perhaps they could ‘color’ their respective boards to reflect the communities in which they serve, and simultaneously make millions each year, per school?

If I read correctly (and please correct me if I am wrong), I understood this comment in context to mean that the boards of KIPP and TFA (among others), are not reflective of the communities they serve.  And though not explicitly stated, I understood you to be talking about the organizations’ national boards.  You’re right, names do pop up in more than one place on the national scene.  But at the local, I feel I can speak to this issue of representation from personal experience, having served a 3-year term on the KIPP Baltimore board of directors.  I believe there is real value in pursuing racial and ethnic diversity at the local level.  What does it really matter if the national board is lily white and estrogen deficient?  At the local level is where I believe board members are going to be most impactful – mobilizing local resources, involving the local community and businesses, and really being champions for our kids.     

So, I’d love to chat with you about this!  Thanks for posting your thoughts – these conversations are necessary. 

– Samantha

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On the day of the first snowfall of the season, KIPP Ujima Village Academy was victorious in its 19 to 14 win over Calverton in the flag football championship on the St. Paul’s school campus.

The mission of KIPP Baltimore is to create and operate public schools in Baltimore City that lead students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and a diversity of skill levels to attend and succeed in four-year colleges. KIPP Baltimore currently operates two schools in the Park Heights community of Baltimore.

KIPP Ujima Village Academy was founded in 2002 by KIPP Baltimore Executive Director, Jason Botel and where Shawn Toler is the Principal.   KUVA is a public charter school in Baltimore City.  During its seven years in operation, KUVA has been ranked as the highest performing public middle school in Baltimore City.

KIPP Harmony Academy, starting in August 2009 by Principal Natalia Walter, is a public charter elementary school that holds high expectations for student achievement that will put children on the path to college beginning in Kindergarten.

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