By now, everyone knows that teachers’ unions predominately hate charter schools, and, seem to be doing everything in their power to to stop new ones, and put existing ones out of existence. No bigger battleground seems to exist than New York City.
So, yesterday’s scores in the New York State Assessment Program offer hope…hope to children, hope to parents who care about their child’s education, and hope to Eva Mascowitz’s Harlem Success academies.
At all New York City’s public schools, 60% of third, fourth and fifth graders passed the math exam; at Harlem Success, 94% passed. In the state language arts exam, 49% from the city schools passed compared to 78% at the charters. The 94% pass rate for the academies’ black and Hispanic students surpassed the 73% pass rate for white students taking the exam in New York State.
And yet, Ms. Moskowitz is meeting with substantial resistance in her attempt to open another academy in the Upper West Side. A “noted” opponent of her plan is Matt Damon.
Why is the left, while proclaiming the need for better education, so intent upon keeping our children illiterate?