|Success Academy Charters||Grades||Black (%)||Hispanic (%)||Free Lunch (%)||Statewide Performance (%)|
|Harlem Success Academy 1||K-6||80.1||17||77.7||97|
|Harlem Success Academy 2||K-4||77.9||20||75||96.8|
|Harlem Success Academy 3||K-4||64.3||30.9||80||97.5|
|Harlem Success Academy 4||K-5||73.5||20||78.5||97.1|
The profiles of four Harlem charter schools, operated by Success Academy Charter Schools are displayed above, based on data from the SchoolDigger website and national school database. All four Harlem Success Academy charters serve primarily minority student populations (all are 93.5 to 97.1% black and Hispanic) and low-income households (75 to 80% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch), and yet all are ranked academically higher than about 97% of all schools in New York state based on standardized test assessments in math and reading.
What a truly amazing academic success story!
Q: With those kinds of impressive results for some of the city’s most at-risk student populations in Harlem, couldn’t that proven record of academic success be replicated in all public schools? Wouldn’t you think that these Harlem charter schools would be recognized as academic models for the rest of the city and the state?
A: In a more sane world where students and learning are the No. 1 priority, the educational establishment would be “falling all over itself” to copy the proven educational success of charter schools like the ones in Harlem profiled above. But in the insane world of New York City, the liberal mayor and liberal teacher unions are waging a war on the city’s successful charter schools like the ones operated by Success Academy Charter Schools. Preservation of the status quo and a continuation of the current failed public school model, and preserving its power, are the primary concerns of the teachers unions and their administrative enablers, which now includes the new New York mayor.
Q: What’s happened, I thought liberals were supposed to be the ones who most want to help, not hurt minorities and poor people? How does waging a war on minority charter kids from low-income households in NYC fit into the liberal agenda?
Updates: Here are some recent news reports on Mayor de Blasio’s war on the city’s
charter schools predominantly poor and minority students attending charter schools: