KIPP Can’t Decide whether to Praise or Condemn Sexual Misconduct

Changing times result in double standards
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Double-standards abound at KIPP, a group of 270 charter schools with a college-preparatory model of education. On June 2nd, 2022, KIPP’s official Twitter account posted a link to a blog celebrating Kris Sanchez, a kindergarten teacher who “identifies as a ‘proud queer Asian-Latinx educator’ and often teaches his 5-year-olds about the complexities of intersectionality.” 

According to the blog post, Kris makes it a priority to incorporate lessons on queer identity with his students. He asks students to compare families in the class’s LGBTQ+ books with students’ more traditional families—including questions like “Do you know anyone else who is in a loving relationship like the boy bunnies in this book?”

He holds that it is incredibly important that students grow up knowing the value and normalcy of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, “questioning/queer”, intersex, “agender/asexual” and ally relationships and their components. 

He closes with a rather perverse question, “Could one story about two boy bunnies change the life of a potential queer kid? The answer is most certainly yes.”It’s considerably troubling that a kindergarten teacher would regard his students by whether they could or couldn’t be “queer”. Any teacher involved in sexual assessment or action towards a student would traditionally be canned after a lengthy investigation—which is exactly what KIPP did to their cofounder Mike Feinberg in 2018. 

Feinberg was accused of physically abusing a 5th grade student in 1994, and after several investigations, was cleared of any wrongdoing. Superintendent Ali of the Houston Public Schools System reported there was no evidence other than the students’ claim.

At the height of the #MeToo movement, Feinberg was put on the chopping block after this investigation was regurgitated. KIPP claimed it had “credible evidence” that Feinberg had attempted to molest a student, though no evidence was ever revealed. The very hint of sexual misconduct (though discredited) was more than enough for KIPP to fire their cofounder—but five short years later, Kris is praised for having private conversations about sexual relationships with five-year-olds.

It’s baffling that organizations which preach about their careful considerations in keeping children safe from sexual misconduct then shut children in a room with a grown man encouraging children to explore the different kinds of sexual relationships people can seek. 

In modern political theater, your children are props.

Tony Kinnett
Tony Kinnett is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Chalkboard Review. He is an award-winning science teacher, and the former science coordinator and head instructional coach for Indianapolis Public Schools, until he was fired for whistleblowing information concerning the school system's use of racist material. In February, he was appointed the director of the education nonprofit Choice Media, now Chalkboard Media.