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The Unsinkable ASD

The Tennessee Achievement School District started in August 2012 with six schools.  With an initial budget of $20 million a year, they started their mission to take schools from the bottom 5% and, in their words, ‘catapult’ them into the … Continue reading

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Success Academy left back (at least) 1/6 of their first cohort

Out of 73 students who began Success Academy in 2006, the first group of graduates crossed the stage a few weeks ago.  The fact that there were only 16 graduates was something that even the pro-Success New York Daily News … Continue reading

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Is NYC KIPP’s Graduation Rate 96% or 56%?

One of the dirtiest tricks played by charter schools is when they claim to have a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate.  The first use of this, to my knowledge, was when YES Prep used it to … Continue reading

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The Case of the Missing Scholar

Success Academy began 11 years ago with a group of 83 kindergarteners and 73 first graders. This past December, Success Academy published a blog post about their first graduating seniors in this post, principal Andrew Malone wrote “I’m proud to report … Continue reading

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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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