On average, schools in the Success Academy network were under-enrolled by 7.6 percent.... “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said public school parent Brooke Parker. “SUNY has knowingly withheld enrollment data for charter schools from the taxpaying public, even though taxpayer dollars bankroll charters.For years we've challenged charters, in particular Eva's charters, to produce those waiting lists. How much do I love Brooke Parker, parent activist supreme from Williamsburg/Greenpoint District 14. She never gives up.
Leonie just posted this article to her listserve: EXCLUSIVE: Comptroller will audit City's charter schools
In case you have forgotten, Scott Stringer defeated Eva for Manhattan Borough President I think in 2005, thus helping jump-start her career as a charter operator.
Here are a few focused facts from the article. Use them at future public hearings to challenge the pro-Success people who say there is such demand for more of their schools.
Local public school parents searched through the School Construction Authority’s “Blue Book” and found evidence that more than two-thirds of Success Academy charter schools were under-enrolled in the 2013-2014 school year.More...
Besides standing in clear opposition to claims of wait lists and need for more schools, drastic under-enrollment is supposed to elicit action from SUNY. If a school falls below 80 percent of its targeted enrollment, the overseer is charged with closing that school.
Last school year, four Success Academy charter schools did not reach that 80 percent benchmark. The four schools — in Fort Greene, Crown Heights, Hell’s Kitchen and Union Square — were under-enrolled by 22 percent.
On average, schools in the Success Academy network were under-enrolled by 7.6 percent.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said public school parent Brooke Parker. “SUNY has knowingly withheld enrollment data for charter schools from the taxpaying public, even though taxpayer dollars bankroll charters.