What’s really “Got to Go” in our schools:
We're parents of young kids, so you can imagine our initial outrage when we read about the Success Academy principal who kept a "Got to Go" list of difficult students. But now that we've heard the full story, what infuriates us even more than a temporarily rogue principal trying to push a small number of students out of a good school is a rogue system that pushes a huge number of students into bad schools for years.
The discipline model at the core of many high-performing charter schools is not for everyone, and it makes sense that some students and parents choose to leave. That, in itself, is not tragic — it's choice. What's truly heartbreaking, however, is what usually happens next for low-income parents: They are forced into their zoned district school based on where they live.
And because income and racial patterns in our city's school zones correlate so strongly with school quality, only true and ubiquitous school choice will help lead to a system of diverse models of quality schools.
We've been lucky. Our kids have had great school choices. Now we're working hard to ensure other kids get the same opportunities. Together, we've been fighting for quality school seats for over a decade. In doing so, we've come up with our own alternative "Got to Go" list: