KIPP Co-Founder Mike Feinberg Joins Mayor Johnson to Discuss Parent Choice


Sacramento, CA- Today Mayor Johnson was joined by Mike Feinberg, Co-Founder of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), and the Superintendent of KIPP Houston, to discuss the concept that every child can learn and the importance of parent choice.

KIPPis 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 109 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 32,000 students.

Johnson said, “For the multitude of working Americans who can’t afford private schools, parents have one choice—their local neighborhood school. Every parent in Sacramento, regardless of income or zip code, deserves high quality school options for their children. We can never put any family in a position where their children are trapped in failing schools.”

The event took place at the Guild Theater as part of STAND UP’s regular monthly meeting with representation from a variety of schools, community leaders, and the general public.

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 and through college.

Mike Feinberg emphasized choice, commitment, and high expectations when it comes to students and the classroom. Feinberg said, “I’m excited to speak to the people of Sacramento about public school choice for students and families. I’m honored to lend my voice to the movement that the mayor is helping create in Sacramento. I firmly believe every child will learn if they have access to excellent teachers and schools. Public school choice is helping make that access a reality.”

Feinberg was joined by Jed Wallace, the CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, and Jim Scheible, the Superintendent of St. Hope public schools to discuss the importance of parent choice and access to schools.

STAND UP is a membership organization with five core beliefs—kids come first, great teachers matter, parents deserve choices, invest in what works and measure and reward results. The third core belief—parents deserve choices, was the highlight of today’s meeting.

For more information about Mayor Johnson’s Education Initiative ‘STAND UP’ visitwww.standup.org

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