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Tim King
Tim King is founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a nonprofit organization operating a network of public college-prep boys’ schools in Chicago (including the nation’s first all-male charter high school) and related programs aimed at promoting college success. 100% of Urban Prep graduates—all African-American males and mostly from low-income families—have been admitted to four-year colleges/universities. Tim also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University and has contributed to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and the Huffington Post. Tim was named ABC World News “Person of the Week”, Chicago Magazine’s “Chicagoan of the Year”, People Magazine’s “Hero of the Year” and to Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100” list; featured on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Moth/USA Networks’ Characters Unite series; and recognized by Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for his work with youth. Tim has completed post graduate work in Kenya and Italy; holds the Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Adler School; and has received the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and Juris Doctor Degrees from Georgetown University. In 1996, Tim became the guardian of a student orphaned when his mother died. That student was once homeless and now has graduated from college. Having a positive impact on this young man’s life is the achievement of which Tim is the proudest.

Blog Entries by Tim King

Hope in Change

(9) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 1:04 PM

This month, I stood next to an Urban Prep senior as he received a red and gold striped tie symbolizing his admission to college. It was an especially poignant celebration because last summer, I stood next to the same student as he fought for his life in a...

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Hungry for More: The Hunger Games Misses the Mark on Teen Violence

(57) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 11:48 AM

I read young adult literature (sometimes called YA or KidLit) and see the movie versions of these books all the time, even though, according to the American Library Association, YA is for people ages twelve to eighteen -- a demographic I haven't been a part of for many years. I...

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Grading Schools, Failing Schools

(11) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 11:37 AM

A recent New York Times editorial noting that fewer charter schools were closed in 2011 than in 2010 has called for more charter schools to be shut down if "the movement is to maintain its credibility." In fact, this seems to be a sentiment shared beyond the paper's...

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With You When You're Right: The Anti-Deficit View of Black Male Achievement

(16) Comments | Posted February 19, 2012 | 8:46 PM

Whenever my father passionately agrees with something I say, he shouts, "I'm with you when you're right!" After reading the recent report by Shaun R. Harper, Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education titled Black...

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More Than Money: Making Colleges Student-Ready

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 2:51 PM

With so much talk right now on the economy and balancing budgets at any cost, it was refreshing to hear President Obama use part of his State of the Union speech to address the skyrocketing cost of college. "Let me put colleges and universities on...

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Educating Beyond Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 1:33 PM

One of the most baffling and counterproductive elements of school reform debates is when educators of different ideological persuasions look to diminish the accomplishments of public schools that are succeeding with disadvantaged students.

Recently, in the New York Times and Education Week, education historian

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Urban Prep's Little Obamas: Live from Capitol Hill

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2009 | 2:17 PM

According to CNN's Don Lemmon, the young men of Urban Prep Academy - the first all boys public charter high school in Chicago and the country - are "Little Obamas." Twenty of the school's "Little Obamas" traveled to Washington to witness the inauguration and participate in the People's Inauguration, hosted...

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