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Once again, a charter network in the city — Harlem Village Academy — has announced that every one of its seniors, 65 of them this year, was accepted to a four-year college. When will New York pols stop strangling these high-performing schools and give all city kids the same opportunity as those at charters?
The accepted seniors include 83 percent who’ll be the first in their families to attend college. This is not unusual for HVA: Its Web site notes that 100 percent of its students “earn admission to college each year.”
Another charter network, Success Academy — where 96 percent of the kids are black or Hispanic — similarly manages to get every one of its graduates into four-year colleges, including some Ivy League schools.
Yes, some city-run high schools also boast high college-acceptance rates, but those generally have admissions requirements — unlike charters. Meanwhile, lawmakers have capped the number of charters allowed in the city as a favor to teachers unions, which generally don’t represent charters and don’t like the competition. As a result, tens of thousands of kids desperate to get into a charter (a free public school run by private management) are turned away every year for lack of seats.
It’s tragic. In Queens District 29, as The Post has reported, middle-class black families are pulling their kids out of the rotten public schools. Parents have to dig into their own pockets for private school — or move.
Citywide, public-school enrollment has plummeted to below 890,000, down from 1.1 million just a few years ago. The pandemic accelerated the trend, as parents realized closed schools and near-useless remote learning meant their kids would otherwise lose a year of education.
The union bosses had demanded the closures even after scientists concluded they weren’t necessary to protect against COVID, and the pols agreed. Their view: Teachers should be paid during the pandemic but do minimal (if any) work.
No surprise, then, that the principal of the School of the Future in Manhattan sought to end her school year more than a week early, as The Post’s Selim Algar reported — even though, if anything, kids need more schooling this year to make up for the time lost.
A recent Post poll found more than 60 percent of New Yorkers want the cap lifted. Maybe Gotham’s next mayor will stand up for what they want — and fight to have the cap lifted.
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