Five Initial Thoughts About The NYT’s “Got To Go” Story


Screengrab from NYT story on a Success Academy school in Fort Greene.

Here are 5 quick questions/thoughts re Thursday’s big @katetaylornyt @successcharters story  that’s eating up my Twitter feed and taking over Nuzzel. Direct from Twitter:

1: Abundance of parents willing to go on record raises questions about @newshour claim that they could only find 1;

2: Unclear until tomorrow [Success press conference at 12:30] whether NYT also relying on accounts from families who won’t sign FERPA waiver to let Success respond;

3: Story revolves around “Got To Go” list — why not show it to us?;

4: One Merriman quote not NEARLY enough context IMHO re longstanding issues of districts/district schools that sift and push kids out; and,  

5: Why not give readers a more nuanced closing anecdote rather than teeth-kicker (parent who didn’t know her son was on the list)?

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Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at