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Success Academy Finally Takes — And Bombs — The Algebra II Regents

Success Academy is the most well known and controversial charter chain in the country.  They are also the most secretive. In New York state, high school students are required to pass end of the year finals, called The Regents, in … Continue reading

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The Truth About YES Prep’s 100% College Acceptance Rate

YES Prep is a charter chain in Houston that was started by a TFA alum and is currently run by Jeremy Beard, the husband of TFA CEO Elisa Villanueva-Beard.  In the recent US News and World Report ratings YES prep … Continue reading

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Queen Eva’s Gambit

In the New York Post today there was a headline that read “Charter school upsets juggernaut Stuyvesant HS on way to chess crown” It began in dramatic fashion. The US hockey team beating the mighty Soviets at the 1980 Olympics, … Continue reading

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Who Survives Success?

Success Academy opened in 2006 with 156 students — 83 kindergarteners and 73 first graders.  Now, eleven years later, they have their first graduating seniors, though just 17 of them.  In my last post I wondered what can be learned … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal Fails To Answer Or Ask Many Questions About Success Academy

Success Academy is the highest profile charter network in New York.  The currently serve over 10,000 students in 40 schools.  They are known for their high test scores and their brazen founder, Eva Moskowitz. Success Academy opened in 2006 with … Continue reading

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The Current Wisdom Of TFA

I never thought I’d say this, but I kind of miss Michelle Rhee. Back in the day I could always count on her or some other reform rockstar like Joel Klein, Arne Duncan, Cami Anderson, Kevin Huffman, or so many … Continue reading

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Tennessee ‘Cusp List’ 2017: 5 of 6 Of Original ASD Schools Still In Bottom 5%

Six years ago, fueled by Tennessee’s Race To The Top money, the Tennessee Achievement School District (ASD) was launched.  Its original mission was: They promised to accomplish this feat in five years time.  That was six years ago. The ASD … Continue reading

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