An entire Bronx charter-school class in the nation’s poorest congressional district not only passed the Algebra I Regents exam — but aced it, officials told The Post.
A total of 53 eighth-graders at Success Academy Bronx 2 in Concourse Village — where 90 percent of students qualify for free lunch — conquered the rigorous test with rankings of 5 out of 5, according to the charter school’s network.
That mark corresponds to a score of 85 or higher on the math test.
But, and what a surprise,
With its opponents holding sway in Albany, the charter-school sector is facing punishing political headwinds.
Charter opponents accuse the schools of siphoning money from the traditional public system, pruning problematic students and failing to ensure proper transparency.
Success Academy, considered a sector leader, has also come under fire for what some parents and politicians have deemed excessively rigid discipline and suspension policies.
Despite those critiques, demand for charter seats continues to swell — especially in poor minority communities with grim schooling alternatives.
Chronic underperformance continues to plague large swaths of the city, especially at the middle-school level.
The Post reported on Sunday that critics are warning of widespread “grade inflation” in DOE schools — where kids who aren’t passing state English and math proficiency exams are still being graduated from grade to grade.
There were 52,700 students on charter waiting lists this past academic year but lawmakers declined to lift the cap on expansion of the sector.
Roughly 10 percent of all city kids are enrolled in charter schools.
Connecticut is doing its best to restrict charter schools (and abolish discipline in its own public schools), Maine just set a cap limiting charter schools to 10, for the entire state, and across the country, teachers unions, politicians and public school administrators are fiercely resisting this threat to their monopoly. So who are the compassionate ones, turf-protecting Democrats? I think not.