According to a press release, the charter school Puff Daddy will open this fall is the culmination of a five year process. During that time, the MC worked to "build community support and enlist a team of educators, parents, and business leaders to bring the idea to fruition."
"Creating this school is a dream come true for me," Puff wrote in a statement. "I want to impact the lives of young people in my community and build future leaders. The first step is offering access to a quality education. Every young person should have the tools they need to succeed. All our children should be able to pursue their dreams."
"I'm inspired by Sean Combs' belief that educating our young people is the key to opening up a world of opportunity for them," added Dr. Perry, who will oversee the institution.
Puff is not the first musician to get involved with charter schools: Pitbull, for example, opened one in Miami in 2013.
The institutions remain controversial. In recent months, some New York charter schools have come under fire for their disciplinary practices.