Inside Success Academy: Nose Pressed to the Window Pane

Andrea Gabor

A tour of Success Academy Bronx 1 included almost exclusively charter school leaders (photo via @SuccessAcademy) A tour of Success Academy Bronx 1 included almost exclusively charter school leaders (photo via @SuccessAcademy)

On Monday, 28 educators gathered in the Bronx, for one of the hottest tickets in town, a tour of a Success Academy school. I was supposed to be there, having received an email notifying me that I was among the lucky few who had been selected to join the tour at Success Academy Bronx 1 and that there was “an EXTENSIVE waiting list” of those who had not been chosen.

I checked the subway map for the school’s address on Morris Avenue, got out my metro card and loaded my recorder with fresh triple-A batteries. In short, I was all dressed up.

And then, suddenly, I had nowhere to go. Three days after securing my golden ticket, Success Academy disinvited me.

Luckily, I knew at least one other person who had gotten on…

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