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October 30, 2017
From buying books to managing the lunchroom: Meet the behind-the-scenes teams that keep Success charters running
The mission of these behind-the-scenes teams is to attend to the myriad issues that arise inside a school on any given day.
recipe for success
October 16, 2017
Eva Moskowitz looks back at her turn away from district schools, as she plans for 100 schools of her own
That transformation, she says, didn’t come from “reading Milton Friedman,” the free-market economist, but rather through a series of “practical encounters."
October 2, 2017
These 5 New York City charter networks are getting $23M from the feds to expand
The five New York City winners are Ascend Learning, East Harlem Tutorial Program, Family Life Academy Charter Schools, Great Oaks Foundation, and Success Academy.
September 21, 2017
Private managers of public schools, charter leaders enjoy extra buffer from public-records laws
Moskowitz and officials at other charter school networks treated differently under FOIL law than those employed by government entities.
Q and A
September 19, 2017
Former Success Academy lawyer hoping to start own charter network wants to ‘take it to the next level’
Emily Kim is still a big believer in Success, but she thinks she has something different to offer.
a chalkbeat cheat sheet
September 17, 2017
In new memoir, Eva Moskowitz offers a look behind the curtain at Success Academy — and tries to reshape her reputation
It’s clear that the goal for Moskowitz, who runs New York City’s largest, most controversial network of charter schools, is not just score-settling.
September 14, 2017
Success Academy ratchets up pressure on city to give it space
Success Academy is mounting a campaign to increase pressure on the de Blasio administration to approve co-located space for her schools.
August 29, 2017
Winning the lottery: Enrolling in Success Academy produces math gains for students, new study shows
Success Academy students showed about a year to a year and a half of additional learning in math, according to a new study by MDRC.
August 24, 2017
Success Academy’s Eva Moskowitz goes on the offensive with press conference on city test scores
The conversation inevitably shifted back to the news of the past few weeks: the inflammatory Facebook post of Success board chair Daniel Loeb.
August 22, 2017
‘Virtually meaningless’ or ‘steady progress’? New York City reacts to this year’s state test scores
The annual release of test scores created a wave of reactions from education stakeholders across the state.
August 18, 2017
How are Success Academy families responding to the network’s leadership drama?
In Harlem on Thursday, Success Academy parents and family members said their reaction boiled down to one thing: Does this affect my child?
the trump effect
August 17, 2017
‘I should have been more outspoken’: In letter, Eva Moskowitz denounces Trump, regrets her earlier response
The letter marks Moskowitz’s most aggressive rebuke of the president, whom she originally said she would “work with."
on the record
August 15, 2017
Eva Moskowitz sends letter calling Success board chair’s comments ‘indefensible’ — but also defending his record
Eva Moskowitz released a letter to parents, teachers and staff in response to racial comments made by Success Academy's board chair.
August 14, 2017
Head of Democrats for Education Reform resigned from board of Success Academy, highlighting split in charter world
It is unclear why Jeffries left the board, but he differed with Moskowitz on how to engage with the Trump administration in the aftermath of the election.
August 11, 2017
Major New York City charter school supporter in hot water after racial comment
Daniel Loeb said Stewart-Cousins did “more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.”
August 7, 2017
Charter sector to de Blasio: If you want to play nice, prove it by giving us space
Members of the charter school sector say they are watching space requests to see if the mayor plans to ease tension between his administration and charter schools.
July 31, 2017
‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that charter leaders refuse to accept federal charter school money if Trump’s cuts to education went through.
June 12, 2017
Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz is having a very good week
New York City’s largest school charter network, Success Academy, has won the 2017 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.
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.
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