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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 a…
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 announced…
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.
The co-location situation
February 25, 2014
Moskowitz and charter allies prepare to take their public fight statewide
Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz expects the city to roll back some of the 10 approved schools that her network is planning to open next year. And now she's preparing for a fight.
January 29, 2014
Under pressure, feds will fund charter schools with admissions preferences
City charter schools will be able to give some student groups preference in admissions lotteries and still receive federal funds, after the U.S. Department of Education changed its rules today.
Follow the money
January 17, 2014
Success Academy donors give big to Cuomo campaign
A broad analysis of new campaign filings for Andrew Cuomo show that donations from Success Academy supporters and other charter school backers have surged in recent years. Support from the state teachers union, on the other hand, has waned.
October 30, 2013
Eight charter schools approved for New York City
SUNY Charter Schools Institute, one of two bodies that can authorize charter schools in New York State, has signed off on eight more schools to…
October 8, 2013
At rally, charter parents stuck between Lhota and a hard place
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota greets young charter rally participants on Tuesday morning. For a full account of the charter school rally, see Geoff Decker's report here. Just before 11 a.m., Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota leaned down to eye level with five year old Kenyon Lovett, a student at Success Academy Cobble Hill. He wants to be an architect, his mom explained. "What do you want to build?" Lhota asked as dozens of reporters and curious parents pushed closer. "Is that the mayor?" another girl asked as she squirmed toward the candidate. Lhota basked in the attention from parents and students this morning at the end of their march across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of charter schools, greeting children and answering questions outside of City Hall Park an hour after delivering a speech at the Association for a Better New York touting his support for the charter sector. That position puts him at odds with Democratic frontrunner Bill de Blasio, who has advocated for capping the number of charter schools in the city and charging charter schools rent to operate in public buildings. At the rally, many parents admitted that they were perplexed about how to square their Democratic ties and their desire for a mayor who is friendly to the charter school movement. Kenyon's mother Yolanda White told reporters that she had never voted for a Republican. But Lhota's support for charters means that if she can convince herself that his policies are reasonable, "I have no problem jumping the line for him," she said.
October 8, 2013
Sea of parents and advocates take to streets for charter schools
A political rally turned out thousands of parents, students, and staff from the city’s most prominent charter schools for a march across the Brooklyn…
September 26, 2013
Success Academy's charter rally shutdown plan draws criticism
Brooklyn City Councilman Stephen Levin is not happy that some charter school students are getting let out of class next month to attend a political rally, and he wants Chancellor Dennis Walcott to do something about it. "This would never be allowed at a public school, and it has no place in charter schools either," Levin said in a statement that his office emailed this morning. "I call on Chancellor Walcott to intervene so that Ms. Mosowitz’s [sic] political rallies are not being held at a time when students should be learning." Levin — who in June called for a ban on new charter schools — was referring to the Oct. 8 charter school rally that's being organized in part by Success Academy Charter Schools founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz. Other charter schools are involved as well — organizers said they expect more than 15,000 people to participate — but Moskowitz alone is the only charter school operator shutting her entire network for the morning. Moskowitz is closing her schools while the event takes place so that staff and students can attend. It's not technically mandatory for parents to attend the event, but Moskowitz made it clear in an email last week that their attendance is important.
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