Criticism: Some observers, such as the authors of "The Charter School Dust-Up," say that KIPP's admission process self-screens for students who are both motivated and compliant, from similarly motivated and compliant - and supportive - families. Parents must commit to a required level of involvement, which rules out badly dysfunctional families. Reports of KIPP's discipline policy, which involves shunning the miscreant student, and other KIPP policies such as teaching students how to "walk briskly down the hall" (according to one admiring description of KIPP practices) might further tend to discourage willful, defiant or simply independent-minded students from applying.
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