12’s Can’t Get 3’s: My Journey Through the Dark Underbelly of the Charter School Movement is a no-holds-barred look at a notorious “no-excuses” charter school where discipline and standardized test scores were prioritized over equality in education. What starts out a memoir of a man who switches careers in middle age turns into an expose of the questionable, unethical, and illegal tactics that were deployed in the name of learning.
This book goes behind the scenes to illustrate what this charter school did to ensure that they earned as many coveted “3” scores on their yearly state exam while abandoning their special-needs students (“The 12s”) who they were legally obligated to help. Learn what happens behind the headlines that tout immense success for schools like Exemplary. This is the Uncanny Valley of education.