Joining the school yard battle
Wed Jun 1, 2011
Dozens of hedge fund managers have funded the charter school movement—and stepped into one of the most contentious public debates in America
By Danielle Beurteaux
|Illustration by Simon Pemberton
"Education Pays!" chirps the bright blue-and-orange poster
in the office of Harlem Success Academy 2, one of New York
City's 125 charter schools. "Do you want to miss out on an
excellent education and the chance to have $2 million?" the
poster asks the school's kindergarten through grade 3 students,
using Department of Labor statistics comparing annual earnings
with education to make its point.
They probably don't, although $2 million is a lot of money
for 5-to-8-year-olds to wrap their heads around. But then, the
kids at this East Harlem charter school, housed on two floors
of a building shared with three traditional public schools and
close by the Harlem River Drive, shouldn't be
They're students at one of the top charter schools in the
city, one of seven Success Charter Network Academies (two more
are scheduled to...
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