Rise & Shine: Inside Success Academy’s ‘cherry-picking’ of parents — not students
Good morning! Today we have an excerpt from Robert Pondiscio's new book, "How the Other Half Learns," a deep dive into Success Academy. He shadowed teachers and students for a year, and shared what he learned about how much the network, New York City's largest, demands of its parents.
"The common criticism leveled at Moskowitz and her schools is that they cherry-pick students, attracting bright children and shedding the poorly behaved and hardest to teach," he writes. "This misses the mark entirely. Success Academy is cherry-picking parents."
— Christina Veiga, reporter
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