Success Academy documents point to ‘possible cheating’ among challenges

Success Academy documents point to ‘possible cheating’ among challenges

Date
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Excerpt from the piece in Politico New York by Eliza Shapiro:

Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz did not approve of the finding — made by an “ethnographer” she hired to study her rapidly expanding charter school network — that some teachers at the high-performing network might be responding to the enormous pressure placed on them by cheating.

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At Success, the tension that exists between administrators and teachers is only likely to grow as the network scales up, requiring management to maintain close control over processes amid rapid expansion of an already churning body of employees.

“The labor-management connection is something we saw strained at higher numbers of schools,” said Robin Lake, the director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education and the author of a key study about charter school growth across the nation. “At smaller numbers, you see a lot of trust. When the size of the network grows, people just don’t know each other. New people start coming in who haven’t grown up with the network, and start asking more questions.”

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