Excellent article, thanks! It is amazing that the Promise academy can take students from the same school in the same building and spend about the same amount per student, yet be so much better and have the students so much farther ahead. After the students were split by random lottery, the Promise academy students surged ahead, getting farther and farther ahead each class year. It is amazing what teachers can do when they are set free from the suffocating and inefficient bureaucracy and archaic rules. The same students. The same building. The same expenditure per student. It is apartheid and it is being enforced by the Government of NY, by the school district, by inflexibility. We don't need a core curriculum. We don't need standardized tests. We need freedom and competition. The Mayor of NY wanted to put the Kibosh on charter schools, to close them, to shove them into an impossible location. He would have been successful if Cuomo did not have his eye on the presidency in 2106. Gov Cuomo could not afford to stand tacitly by as success was murdered. Not now. Not there. What is the fear of the Mayor, that poor kids might get smart? That they might go to college? That they might break free? Why is the NY major set on repeating atrocities of Washington DC where thousands were Waiting for Superman, but only hundreds were saved by him, then the democratic led congress in all their wisdom and love of equality cancelled the voucher program, throwing kryptonite throughout the city. Why should some lucky students go to better schools while other suffered in one of the worst public school systems? It was too hard to fix it for everyone, so let's ruin it for the few, the 1%, those evil 1% who were lucky enough to win the lottery. The only fair way to end DC apartheid is to relegate everyone to abject hopelessness. The same abject hopelessness. Equally. It worked for DC, why wouldn't the NY Mayor give it a shot. If everyone read this article, maybe things would get fixed.