Only in Maryland.
That's all you can say.
It is with immense sadness that we announce that KIPP Harbor Academy must permanently close its doors this summer," Jallon Brown, KIPP Harbor's founder and school leader, wrote in a letter to parents.
Harbor Academy is the first of 52 KIPP schools in 16 states to close because it had no room to grow.
The KIPP network of college-preparatory schools is designed to serve students in inner-city and low-income areas with a rigorous blend of high expectations, strict codes of conduct and an 11-month academic year.
The 6,000 square feet of space it was renting at Sojourner-Douglass College was half what it needed to teach its 120 fifth- and sixth-graders - and was not enough to hold about 80 additional students it expected next year with a new seventh-grade class. The KIPP national model calls for adding a grade a year until each school has fifth- through eighth grades.
Harbor Academy offered this year to rent space in the half-empty Annapolis Middle School, but was rebuffed by the Anne Arundel County school board, which told the academy to look elsewhere.
This is some bullsh....
"We did everything we could to find them adequate space," said county schools spokeswoman Maneka Wade. "We're definitely sorry to hear the school has decided to close. And we would welcome teachers and students back to public schools."
Maneka Wade will hear from me. TRUST