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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.
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 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 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.
October 20, 2016
From outrage to indifference, charter school educators respond to the NAACP’s call to limit their schools
Charter school leaders and teachers felt it important to facilitate either formal or informal conversations about the NAACP’s resolution to curb charter school growth.
rallying the troops
September 28, 2016
Charter school rally focuses on the sector’s growth, largely sidesteps recent dustup with the mayor
The pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools said over 25,000 people attended.
June 29, 2016
Years after co-location controversy, two principals say sharing space has made both schools better
Although some objected to Success Academy's co-location, as school leaders, we felt it was our responsibility to make the best of sharing our space.
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.
March 8, 2016
Beyond the viral video: Inside educators’ emotional debate about ‘no excuses’ discipline
The discipline question finds individual students, teachers, and parents pulled between two poles of a heated, high-stakes, and very personal debate. Here's a primer.
March 7, 2016
‘No excuses’ no more? Charter schools rethink discipline after focus on tough consequences
As the charter sector grows, some school leaders say they're tweaking behavioral codes slightly as they search for the right balance.
February 22, 2016
Some Regents ask whether Success video calls for more state oversight
A roiling debate about charter school discipline reached New York’s top education officials Monday.
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 9, 2015
Q&A: Before push-out controversy, Success principal at its center explained his philosophy
In March, Success Academy Fort Greene Principal Candido Brown offered a glimpse into his own upbringing and denied that Success nudged troublesome students out.
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.
pushout and pushback
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 21, 2015
This time, teachers take the political stand in charter school battle
Two weeks after a massive charter school rally attended by students and parents across the city, thousands of teachers took to Foley Square to send a similar message.
By the numbers
October 19, 2015
Charter school demographics coming under fresh scrutiny
This year, charter schools’ progress toward goals for enrolling high-needs students are being scrutinized by state regulators. But it's unclear how strict they'll be.
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.
October 7, 2015
De Blasio takes heat from politicians, parents at charter school rally
On the steps of City Hall following Wednesday’s charter school rally, the Bronx borough president had strong words for Mayor Bill de Blasio.
September 29, 2015
Seven New York City schools earn Blue Ribbon award
This year’s winners included Brooklyn’s P.S. 100, P.S. 277, and P.S. 682; Icahn Charter School 2; and Manhattan’s Harlem Success Academy 3.
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.
raise your hand
August 28, 2015
What makes a charter school co-location work? Two Bronx buildings offer answers
School leaders who respect each other; facilities large enough to require compromises, but not impossible ones; and time to grow accustomed to each other are key, educators said.
July 15, 2015
Here is the IBO’s backfill information, sorted by charter network
The new information illustrates the sharp divide among independent charter schools over how they filled seats in older grades.
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.
The co-location situation
May 21, 2015
In latest display of independence, panel delays two charter co-location votes
Panel members said they were uncomfortable with the concerns raised by parents and teachers at the district schools during the meeting.
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.
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.
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.
Tips from the Top
March 24, 2015
Visiting a troubled school, Fariña mixes praise with pointed advice
Chancellor Fariña toured P.S. 123 in Harlem Tuesday, where she found bright spots at a school that has mainly drawn attention for its problems.
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.
the road to albany
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.
onward to albany
March 4, 2015
In Albany, two very different education advocacy events unfold
Here's what the day has looked like, from the people headed upstate to rally and lobby themselves.
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.
dueling rallies do-over
January 30, 2015
Success Academy’s Albany rally set to compete with UFT lobbying day
Success Academy Charter Schools is planning to close their schools March 4 for a political rally in Albany, sources say, the same day that the United Federation of Teachers has scheduled its own lobbying day.
January 30, 2015
Four co-location votes delayed as Fariña cites need for more input
During what was perhaps the most contentious Panel for Educational Policy meeting of her tenure, Chancellor Carmen Fariña asked the advisory board to delay its votes on co-location plans for four charter schools.
January 27, 2015
Tensions still simmering around two co-locations set for vote
The concerns and occasional hostility voiced at the hearings offer a reminder of the discord that can come from the city's policy of co-locating schools, even as the de Blasio administration has committed to reducing those tensions.
January 23, 2015
Success Academy challenges city over pre-K space
In what could be a prelude to another round of space battles with the de Blasio administration, the Success Academy charter school network…
January 9, 2015
After Success Academy nixes plan for LES school, parents add to opposition at makeshift hearing
After the city abruptly canceled a hearing Wednesday night, District 1 parents hosted one on their own, focused on their opposition to the possibility of Success Academy opening a school in the area in the future.
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 17, 2014
Success Academy seeks in-house ethnographer to study its schools
The Success Academy charter school network is looking to hire an in-house researcher to conduct “ethnographic fieldwork” across its 32 schools and its network offices.
November 14, 2014
Sidestepping cap issue, independent charters to push for facilities funding
Next Tuesday, charter-school advocates will call for the state to provide facilities funding for existing schools, setting the stage for one piece of the sector’s upcoming fight for more favorable legislation.
October 24, 2014
To improve teaching, give teachers collaboration time, not just pre-made lessons
Education professor Sharon Dotger argues that teachers need more than a reduced lesson-planning burden to improve — they need time and techniques to examine what worked and didn’t work in their classrooms.
October 8, 2014
SUNY green-lights 17 more city charter schools, 14 for Success Academy
SUNY unanimously signed off on 17 additional charter schools set to open over the next two years. Fourteen of the charters went to Success Academy, the city's largest and most controversial network. The other three charters went to Achievement First, a Brooklyn-based network of schools.
October 6, 2014
Success Academy teachers don’t plan their lessons, and other teachers shouldn’t either
District high school teacher Sherry Lewkowicz: Success Academy schools see the foolishness of having teachers, on a daily basis, reinventing the wheel—otherwise known as lesson planning. It’s time traditional public schools admit the same.
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