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comings and goings
May 18, 2017
Success Academy’s top lawyer is leaving — to start her own charter schools
Emily Kim, Success Academy’s vice president of policy and legal affairs, will leave Success at the end of June.
May 9, 2017
Protesters denounce Paul Ryan’s visit to a Success Academy school in Harlem
Activists say it's especially galling for Ryan to visit given the recent passage of the Republicans' Obamacare replacement.
May 1, 2017
Success Academy named finalist for prestigious national charter school award
The annual prize honors large charter school networks that have proven adept at serving low-income students and students of color.
sec and the city
April 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos to meet with New York City charter leaders Eva Moskowitz and Valerie Hoekstra
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to dip her toes into the world of New York City charter schools this week.
on the record
March 23, 2017
Why charter school leader Eva Moskowitz, a Democrat, is going to bat for Betsy DeVos
Chalkbeat interviews the founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools.
February 9, 2017
No snow day for Success Academy — and parents and educators aren’t having it
Meanwhile, the city closed traditional district schools nearly 12 hours before the snow started falling.
December 19, 2016
Success Academy audit turns up ‘irregularities,’ New York City comptroller says
The New York City comptroller on Monday released an audit that raises “serious concerns” about the operations of Success Academy.
November 29, 2016
New York City’s charter school leaders are not rallying behind school choice advocate Betsy DeVos. Here’s why.
Betsy DeVos is a school choice advocate, but not for the type of choice that exists in cities like New York.
November 23, 2016
Advocates protest outside Eva Moskowitz’s home, denounce Ivanka Trump’s visit to Success Academy school
Advocates said Eva Moskowitz's surprise appearance during their protest was further proof of her disconnect from immigrant and minority communities.
November 18, 2016
Week in review: Right-wing Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos reportedly in the mix for Trump education secretary
DeVos helped lead an unsuccessful push to change the state constitution to allow private school vouchers and has been a strong supporter of school choice programs.
November 17, 2016
Serve or steer clear? Education reformers grapple with whether to join Trump’s team
Democrats for Education Reform said it would support a Democrat for education secretary only if Trump “disavows his prior statements.”
November 17, 2016
Eva Moskowitz: I will work with Trump, but not as U.S. education secretary
"At this time I will not be entertaining any prospective opportunities," Moskowitz told reporters at a previously planned press conference.
November 16, 2016
Eva Moskowitz floated for education secretary, and New York City teachers union president digs in
With Success Academy's Eva Moskowitz reportedly in the running for education secretary, UFT President Michael Mulgrew is preparing for a fight.
June 1, 2016
Success Academy charter network cancels classes after losing fight to offer pre-K on its own terms
The pre-K battle marks the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Success CEO Eva Moskowitz, and one of Moskowitz’s only public losses.
February 12, 2016
Moskowitz defends teacher shown yelling in video, calls Times coverage biased
After the New York Times published a video showing a Success Academy teacher lashing out, Eva Moskowitz sought to portray the behavior as an isolated incident.
November 11, 2015
Why calls for Success Academy sanctions aren’t likely to succeed
Experts say SUNY’s intervention specifically is unlikely. Here’s why.
November 2, 2015
Watch: Success Academy principal gives emotional apology for list of ‘Got-to-Go’ students
Watch Success Academy Fort Greene principal Candido Brown's emotional apology at Friday's press conference addressing the list of “Got-to-Go” students that he created.
October 30, 2015
Eva Moskowitz calls ‘Got to Go’ list an anomaly as Success principal gives tearful apology
Following a report detailing Success Academy schools trying to remove unruly students, Eva Moskowitz denied any systematic effort to push students out of her schools.
October 29, 2015
Moskowitz to face tough questions after reports of schools pushing out kids
Success’ leader said Thursday afternoon that “mistakes are sometimes made.”
October 8, 2015
Success Academy chief Eva Moskowitz says she won’t run for mayor — this time
The much-anticipated announcement brings speculation about her role in the 2017 mayor’s race to an early end, but leaves the door open for a later run.
October 7, 2015
Success CEO Eva Moskowitz builds suspense for Thursday announcement of ‘political plans’
The divisive charter school chief will make an announcement Thursday at City Hall about her “political plans,” a spokesman said.
September 29, 2015
After weather postpones education rally, debate on the ground likely to continue
The rally will now take place Oct. 7, a delay that could extend a recent spate of advocacy efforts from the city’s teachers union and other opponents.
bureau of bureaucracy
September 24, 2015
How Eva Moskowitz’s growing bureaucracy handled a school-supply fiasco
A school-supply crisis at Success Academy this summer tested the growing network's ability to deal with bureaucratic problems.
clashes in the space wars
September 21, 2015
Charter leaders continue to battle de Blasio over space in public school buildings
At the heart of their criticism is the battle for limited space in city-owned buildings, which the de Blasio administration has been reluctant to offer to charters.
August 12, 2015
Meaningless? Cause for celebration? Interpretations of newest test scores run the gamut
New York state’s latest test scores are completely meaningless — or the key to understanding whether any students are learning. It all depends who you talk to.
June 12, 2015
Surprise ‘no’ vote at PEP muddles de Blasio’s mayoral control position
Roberto Soto-Carrión, a consistent supporter of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposals, cast the decisive vote against the city’s colocation plan for Success Academy Midwood.
June 11, 2015
After delay, a Success Academy co-location plan earns rare rejection from city panel
The move could set up a new fight between the city and Success CEO Eva Moskowitz.
May 20, 2015
Eva Moskowitz calls out schools chancellor for not visiting Success schools
Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz said Chancellor Carmen Fariña has visited many district schools co-located with Success schools.
on the offensive
May 12, 2015
Eva Moskowitz picks new fight with city over late payments
Eva Moskowitz is going after the de Blasio administration again — this time over timely payments to her charter schools.
the facility factor
May 12, 2015
Charter school rent costs to hit $32 million by next summer
The city is planning to $22.4 million on rent for charter schools in private space, double what it's spending this year.
clashes in the space wars
April 30, 2015
Success Academy co-location exposes fault lines among de Blasio’s allies
The specific, contentious co-location scenario involving Success Academy encapsulates a number of complicated problems the education department is facing.
April 21, 2015
What Eva Moskowitz gets wrong about restorative discipline
A teacher turned discipline researcher says that, contrary to what Moskowitz argues, “restorative schools” achieve joy, safety, and learning while suspending few students.
maintaining the spotlight
April 6, 2015
Success Academy: A guide to the city’s largest, most controversial charter-school network
There has been an ongoing fascination with the city’s largest and most polarizing charter school network as it grows in size and in scope within the education landscape.
one on one
March 24, 2015
In interview, Eva Moskowitz addresses backfill and test prep critiques
In a lengthy radio interview, Moskowitz covered "backfill," her role in politics, and why Success Academy schools succeed.
rules and regs
March 9, 2015
Success Academy drops lottery preference for English learners
Success Academy says it was unable to resolve a dispute with federal officials over how to give at-risk students an extra boost in their admissions lottery.
March 5, 2015
A day in photos: Thousands of charter school advocates rally in Albany
The “Don’t Steal Possible” rally – organized by charter school advocates – brought thousands of people to the Capitol to call attention to the city’s struggling schools.
February 23, 2015
Suspensions at city charter schools far outpace those at district schools, data show
Charter schools suspended 11 percent of their students in 2011-12.
change of plans
January 8, 2015
Success Academy cancels its plans to open new schools in 2015
The Success Academy charter-school network is abruptly halting expansion plans for the upcoming school year, a move that will allow the network to sidestep a series of co-location battles in the coming months.
the new space wars
December 23, 2014
City will grant 12 of 24 charter school co-location requests, including 10 from Success
The city plans to offer space in public school buildings to 10 Success Academy charter schools and two Icahn charter schools, but not to 12 other schools that requested it, officials said Tuesday.
December 18, 2014
Success Academy stands down after city says it will accommodate space needs
The city said it would offer space to Success Academy, allowing the de Blasio administration to skirt a new battle with the charter-school chief.
September 30, 2014
Moskowitz offers training for district school principals, and city offers praise
Eva Moskowitz earned rare praise from the de Blasio administration on Tuesday after she invited city principals to a training day sponsored by her charter school network next month.
July 1, 2014
NYC charter schools join national coalition aimed at de-segregating sector
Charter schools are seeking to change the narrative that they’re part of the problem when it comes to segregation in public schools. Two New York City…
charter school expansion
June 10, 2014
Success Academy plans to continue rapid expansion with 14 charter applications
Success Academy Charter Schools announced it is moving ahead with plans to expand their reach across the city.
Slamming the Exam
May 1, 2014
At Success Academy schools, high-octane test prep leaves nothing to chance
The Success Academy charter school network outperforms many other schools on the state exams. It goes to great lengths to achieve those results.
April 23, 2014
City and Moskowitz still sparring over new spaces for three charter schools
De Blasio said one month ago that he wanted to ease tensions between the city and the charter school sector, starting with three Success Academy charter schools whose co-location plans he scrapped earlier in the year. But Success CEO Eva Moskowitz brought their fights to the forefront again Wednesday by claiming that the city was dragging its feet—even as the city claimed it had offered space for two of the three schools.
Change of schedule
April 22, 2014
City Council's charter school oversight hearing postponed (again)
A top city lawmaker said Tuesday that a long-planned charter school oversight hearing will be postponed until May, just weeks after first delaying the hearing.
March 29, 2014
Eva Moskowitz calls state budget deal “a historic moment in public education”
Eva Moskowitz, whose Success Academy schools received a big boost in today’s state budget, called the deal “a historic moment in public education.” In…
March 9, 2014
Success taking legal action against city over co-location reversals
Parents from Success Academy charter schools want state and federal authorities to help them hold on to public space that the network was promised under the Bloomberg administration.
March 3, 2014
With funding uncertain, city pushes back pre-K enrollment deadline
The intensifying mayor-versus-governor debate about the best way to pay for vast pre-kindergarten and after-school expansions had an immediate impact Monday when the city…
February 27, 2014
City nixes space-sharing plans for three Success charters and three new district schools
The de Blasio administration will reverse at least nine space-sharing plans for new schools set to open next year, entirely nixing three Success Academy charter schools and three district schools, the city announced this afternoon.
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