Robin Hood Foundation gives some much deserved recognition to educator John King. John’s personal story is amazing and inspiring and the school he helped found and the network he’s now a part of are as well. He was a hero to a lot of people long before this award but it’s a great acknowledgement of the impact of his work.
Only problem is that the Roxbury Prep school in Boston he helped launch has opened up quite an achievement gap…African-American students there outpace white students statewide in Massachusetts. Same kids, same neighborhoods, same challenges, but dramatically different results. But as I wrote the last time I highlighted Roxbury Prep on the blog, the school really isn’t a “no excuses” model, it’s a “whatever it takes” model, and that’s an important distinction per ongoing debates.
Anyway, congratulations John King.