Western Michigan University researchers say charter middle schools that are part of the national Knowledge is Power Program network enroll higher numbers of black males than their local districts, but close to 40% of those students leave the schools between grades 6 and 8. "KIPP is doing a great job of educating students who persist, but not all who come," lead researcher Gary Miron said. The study also found that KIPP schools receive more per-pupil funding than other district schools, and enroll fewer students who have learning disabilities or limited English proficiency. KIPP officials questioned the study's methodology.

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