Is Success Academy Getting a Raw Deal?

Once again, disturbing practices at NYC’s Success Academy Charter Management Organization have surfaced.  This time it’s a teacher dressing down a first grader, it’s tough to watch, but here’s the video.  Earlier this year the CMO was under scrutiny for its so-called “Got to go“ list. To some Success is getting undue scrutiny, and to … Continue reading Is Success Academy Getting a Raw Deal?


Lamenting School Choice Week and the Need for Braver Authorizers

It’s national school choice week next week, and as the resident charter killjoy, I am compelled to throw some cold water on the celebration.  School choice is not a panacea.  There is no real “market” in education (and if there were it would be scary) and there is nothing inherent in providing a hypothetical choice … Continue reading Lamenting School Choice Week and the Need for Braver Authorizers


Who’s Really Choosing in School Choice? Part 1

School choice, for me, was about empowering underserved families to have the same range of quality options that well off parents had, without having to buy a house in the Hills.  Montessori, dual language, arts, technology-infusion, even military school, these were the options that families craved and we helped develop.  Choice is empowerment. But there’s … Continue reading Who’s Really Choosing in School Choice? Part 1