Newark’s Robert Treat Academy is under investigation for possible cheating on state tests.

This charter school has been highly praised by the media and politicians as “proof” that “poverty is not destiny.”

As Jersey Jazzman points out, and as Bruce Baker has documented, the school stacks the deck by taking very small numbers of students with special needs, small proportions of English language learners, and smaller proportions of the poorest students as compared to the Newark public schools. In brief, the school enrolls very few of those likely to get low scores.

Cherry-picking students while claiming that you are enrolling the same kids as the public schools is….cheating.