Rapper Joins with Steve Perry to Open Charter School in Harlem

Diane Ravitch's blog

This should be an April Fools’ Day joke, but it is not.

Rapper Sean (Puff Daddy) Combs is sponsoring a charter school in Harlem that will be run by the notorious Dr. Steve Perry of Hartford, Connecticut.

Perry bills himself as “America’s Most Trusted Educator.” His magnet school in Hartford was known for its harsh discipline. Perry became known for his contempt for teachers and unions. He once publicly referred to union teachers as “roaches.”

Perry has an intense lecturing schedule, including a few dates next fall after his charter school opens.

As Jonathan Pelto writes, Perry had quite a reputation in Hartford and beyond:

“Perry gained national notoriety for his school’s harsh disciplinary policies that included the use of the “Table of Shame” to punish children who received demerits and for his ugly public comments about unions, teachers and anyone who opposed his empire building efforts.

“As a 2013…

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