Urban Prep Academies creates college-ready grads in tough Chicago areas

If charter school founder Tim King has spent his adulthood trying to help poor young black boys, it's partly because he wasn't one himself.
 
Mr. King, 44, grew up in the affluent South Side neighborhood of Pill Hill. His father owned a construction company; his mother started as a Chicago Public Schools teacher and retired as vice-president of Kennedy-King College. He spent winters in the Bahamas and summers in Michigan, took horse-riding lessons and “thought that was normal.”
 
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