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Let these students learn in peace: This Success Academy South Bronx colocation must go forward

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on August 18, 2015 at 3:02 PM

Originally published on New York Daily News by Michael Blake on August 17, 2015.

In any discussion about education, the conversation should revolve around our kids and what’s best for them. Disputes by adults should never get in the way of a student’s right to a fair and equal education.

That’s why I am protective of every school and child in my district. And that’s why I am a staunch supporter of Success Academy Bronx 3, a high-performing school in a community that doesn’t have nearly enough of them.

The South Bronx has far too many schools that struggle to improve students’ basic knowledge and skills. In Community School District 7, 11% of third- through eighth-grade students read at grade level; just 14% do math at grade level.

Along comes a high-quality Success Academy school that’s looking to grow. This year, it is expanding in a new space; its school year, longer than traditional schools’ year, starts today. But it’s getting powerful blowback from the local community and some officials.

Someone needs to stand up and defend the charter school on behalf of the children it educates today and wants to educate tomorrow.

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