There’s a good article in the Times today about Success Academy Charter Schools. Founded by hedge fund managers, Success Academy schools rely primarily on public funding, with additional fundraising–similar to what charter schools do in my area. They’re killing it.
Though it serves primarily poor, mostly black and Hispanic students, Success is a testing dynamo, outscoring schools in many wealthy suburbs, let alone their urban counterparts. In New York City last year, 29 percent of public school students passed the state reading tests, and 35 percent passed the math tests. At Success schools, the corresponding percentages were 64 and 94 percent.