Parents, students excited about Up Academy taking over Kennedy Middle School in Springfield

Mass Live – Alejandra Rivera, 12, plans to be the president of the United States one day.

“Or maybe a judge,” said the sixth grader at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Springfield.

Recently Alejandra’s mother, Jacqueline Rosario, joined several other parents to visit an UP Academy school in Lawrence. The school is managed by the UP Education Network, which is set to take over the under-performing Kennedy Middle School in the fall.

In January the Springfield Empowerment Zone board selected John F. Kennedy Middle School for additional support from the UP Education Network.

In an effort to educate parents about the new system, several tours have been scheduled to successful UP schools in Massachusetts.

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