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?
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
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