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What Is The Impact On Under Served Community Students?

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Impact! Impact! Impact! Any student involvement, the bottom line is what impact does that involvement has on the student. All educational institutions regardless of public or private main focus should be the educational attainment of the students. Our students are impacted by ethical guidelines established by the school board to govern administrative protocol. More so, our students are impacted by unethical behavior. A teacher soliciting $10 from students from “under-served communities” is in my opinion, below ethical guidelines. It is my understanding that “under-served communities” means poverty. Why would anyone prey on poor needy children for $10. A science teacher at KIPP Ujima academy in Baltimore (KIPP Baltimore) solicited $10 from students “to help pay his daughter's 's medical expenses”, according to science teacher. A 4th grade student did not have $10 but wanted to give two of the three dollars that she had has a donation. The science teacher responded, “I need $10 not $2” (There were approximately 626 students enrolled at KIPP Ujima Academy in school year 2012-2013). I watched the expression on the face of the 4th grader (approximately 9 to 10 years old) and saw the sadness, it disappointed me. I believed that student wanted to participate like the other students but did not have the $10 to give. What impact did that KIPP science teacher have on that 5th grade student? What I saw was a miss opportunity to teach a student the blessing of giving and receiving. I believe that giving has its own innate unexplained reward. Learning to receive is a needed lesson! Moments later I gave the teacher $30 for that 5 grade student and two others who did not have money to give. I asked the science teacher if he had an established 501 C3 charitable organization. The teacher responded by saying “No”. However, the teacher revealed a ledger with a list all the students that had given $10. In addition, on the ledger was a list of co-workers that had given $10 and more to his cause. I addressed the new Principal of the school about the actions of the science teacher and the response was “I will have him set up a table so that he will not disrupt classroom instruction.” I explained that he was missing the point. I reached out to the Baltimore City Public Schools' (BCPS) CEO Ombudsman for guidance and assistance for the new Principal. The Ombudsman implemented and investigation. I was questioned by a member of the BCPS legal department. KIPP Ujima Academy was established to reach out to children in “under-served communities”. KIPP Ujima Academy should revisit it's initial focus and go back to the grass roots of the establishing factors which lead to the start of KIPP Ujima Academy (KIPP Baltimore). If not careful, the reputation of the school may have a negative impact on enrollment which will impact funding for the KIPP Baltimore school. I followed up with the Ombudsman and was told that the investigation found the science teacher guilty. That was all the information given. The following school year 2013-2014, I witnessed the science teacher daily enacting with students as if nothing took place. Near the end of school year 2014, I filed another complaint with the BCPS CEO Ombudsman because I received information that the activity of the science teacher had not ceased. What is the impact! What impact will the activity of this science teacher have on the students, the school, the community, the district, and the like. Decisions made today may have and impact on our next generation. Stay tune!

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