Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Tale of Two Standards
Success Academy – February 26, 2016
February 26, 2016
Contact: Dan Bank, (212) 681-1380
The following statement is from Stefan Friedman, Success Academy Spokesperson, in response to Mayor de Blasio’s remarks yesterday about a Success Academy teacher:
“This is a tale of two standards. The Mayor jumps at the opportunity to criticize a charter school teacher while he remains silent when a teacher at PS 194 is arrested for throwing a child across the hallway.”
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Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools are free public pre-k through 12 schools open to all children in the state through a random lottery. With 34 schools across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, Success Academy enrolls 11,000 students, primarily low-income children of color in disadvantaged neighborhoods: 74% of students receive free or reduced-price lunch, 95% are children of color, 13% are children with disabilities, and 8.5% are English language learners. Ranked in the top 1% in math and the top 3% in English on 2015 state proficiency tests, Success Academy schools received more than 22,000 applications for fewer than 2,300 open seats last year. Two Success Academy schools, Success Academy Harlem 1 and Harlem 3, have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, the only Harlem schools in the last 25 years to receive this prestigious award.