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Many highly rated charter schools in New York City have a reputation for rigid structure and intense test prep. Critics argue that models burn out teachers and squelch student creativity. Last month even President Obama called for limits on heavy testing in schools. Levi Sharpe visited a new charter school that’s working on getting great test scores by doing things differently.

Emily Hoefling Teaches

October 8, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY – Principal Emily Hoefling fills in for a teacher who is absent. Levi Sharpe/AudioFiles.