Success Academy

The sprawling Success Academy Charter School network in New York City called on police to respond to students in emotional distress at least 87 times between July 2016 and December 2022, according to a report published on

A city regulation that makes police a last resort doesn’t apply to any New York City charter school.

Critics, The City writes, “have long claimed that the network achieves its academic results by getting rid of students with disabilities.”

The feature article — produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with The City —  is an excellent deep dive into the practice of calling law enforcement, as well as a larger look at how Success Academy allegedly treats its students with disabilities. It’s well worth a read.

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