Three recent stories about Charter Schools and the school deform movement should make readers ask, "Is this what they mean by school reform?"
They are private citizens who get to spend taxpayer dollars to educate children. They argue that the market will determine success. Unfortunately, they get to define what success looks like -- not the public whose taxes fund the school, nor voters who are the ultimate policy makers in a democratic society.
Would any parent or student -- who had a real choice in terms of learning environments -- settle for a Success Academy school? Above all, why would any person even think about imposing that regimen on other peoples' children, as they do when they engage in the mass charterization of urban schools?
While it may be desirable, even necessary, to deflate the self aggrandizing mythology of Success Academy by documenting reality, it is also important to remember that the charter network is not actually the illness. It is merely an extreme rash that has broken on the surface.
In an effort to understand and help his son, Mr. Lawton began to attend class with his son for part of the day. I.L. was
This is about the Success Academy Charter School Network that should be investigated by state educational officials and the local district attorney's office and probably shut down -- permanently.
Success Academy Fort Greene (SAFG) opened in the 2013-14 school year as an elementary school with grades K-1, with the intention of adding a grade each year until the school served grades K-4.
Critics claim, with ample evidence, that a combination of self-selection for admission, high suspension rates and high expulsion rates distill the Success student body to those who are more likely to do well on tests and thereby burnish their reputation.
While Success Academy students do better than average on high-stakes assessments, there is a rising crescendo of criticism because of Moskowitz's use of wealthy political connections to promote her empire, and accusations that Success Academy suspends poorly performing students to drive them out of the schools and boost its average test scores.
There are terrible charters, to be sure, but there are also those that are winning people over. So I wasn't surprised that there was a strong show of force of families marching under the charter banner.