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August 20, 2018
Behind the scenes, Success Academy’s first high school spent last year in chaos. Can Eva Moskowitz turn it around?
Worried about students’ grades and behavior, Eva Moskowitz sidelined the school’s principal and pushed staff to strictly enforce the dress code. It didn't go smoothly.
July 30, 2018
Read Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz’s letter to parents after dramatic staff turnover
Following that latest sign of discord, the charter network is set to convene a meeting this Wednesday to discuss “any concerns” parents might have.
July 10, 2018
Success Academy parents accuse New York City of denying, delaying special education services in new lawsuit
The New York City education department is accused of routinely delaying and denying special education services to Success Academy students in the Bronx,…
Next stop: college
June 7, 2018
Success Academy graduates 16 students at its inaugural commencement
Success Academy was an experiment that began 12 years ago, developed into New York City’s largest charter school network, and on Thursday, it…
Movers and shakers
Updated May 21, 2018
Success Academy COO leaving for another charter network
Kris Cheung, the chief operating officer at Success Academy, is headed to Texas to work for another charter network.
April 6, 2018
Basketball, concerts and now … charter school testing rallies? Success Academy takes over the Barclays Center
Success Academy, the city’s largest and most controversial charter school network, held its annual ‘Slam the Exam’ event at the Barclays Center on Friday.
March 19, 2018
New York City charter leader Eva Moskowitz says Betsy DeVos is not ‘ready for prime time’
In New York City, Eva Moskowitz has been a lone voice of support for the controversial U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. But even…
March 14, 2018
New York charter leader Eva Moskowitz: Colorado doesn’t spend enough on its students
“I’m not suggesting that money is everything. But it’s a very important something."
the big city
March 14, 2018
17 minutes across 5 boroughs: How New York City students protested gun violence during #NationalWalkoutDay
The conditions were ripe for widespread participation by New York City students in the national school walkout to protest gun violence: the biggest enrollment…
January 31, 2018
Families for Excellent Schools CEO ousted after investigation into ‘inappropriate behavior’
Families for Excellent Schools officials did not answer questions Wednesday about the nature of the inappropriate behavior.
January 16, 2018
A Chalkbeat roundtable: The promise and perils of charter networks like Success Academy
When we published an essay about the promise and perils of charter schools by our CEO and editor in chief Elizabeth Green last…
the network approach
December 6, 2017
How Eva Moskowitz is remaking public education as we know it, for better and — if we aren’t careful — much worse
Moskowitz has realized that she can do more to change public schools as a private citizen than as mayor. I agree with her, and that unsettles me.
November 29, 2017
Success CEO Eva Moskowitz rejects building space city offers her schools, calling it inadequate
Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz said the city’s offer of building space for her schools fell woefully short.
November 10, 2017
Parent files complaint saying New York City improperly shared student information to aid with charter recruitment
In the complaint, Johanna Garcia says she is bombarded each year with promotional flyers and pamphlets from charter schools, including Success Academy.
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.
September 7, 2017
Want to understand Betty Rosa’s vision? Check out the Bronx ‘community school’ she visited.
In many ways, P.S. 55 embodies Rosa’s philosophy that students’ social and emotional needs must be met before they can learn.
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.
blast from the past
August 21, 2017
Who is Dan Loeb? The billionaire investor who chairs Success Academy’s board has a checkered past
Loeb's actions force Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz and other charter leaders to make a calculation: Is his behavior a fair price to pay for the boost to their cause?
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."
August 16, 2017
State ed officials rip into ‘insulting’ SUNY charter proposal and ‘outrageous’ Success Academy chair
Here are some of the most charged moments of a panel with State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa.
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
NY State Senator Stewart-Cousins on Success Academy chair’s racial barb: ‘I was in shock for quite some time’
"If they feel that this is a good way for them to continue, it’s certainly up to them."
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.
race in the classroom
July 22, 2017
‘Do you see me?’ Success Academy theater teacher gives fourth-graders a voice on police violence
Sentell Harper created a spoken-word production for his students to perform about what it means to be black and male in America.
July 17, 2017
State education officials question another batch of Success Academy charter renewals
Reigniting a debate that flared in April, the state is poised to send a set of Success Academy charter school renewals back to SUNY instead of approving them.
July 7, 2017
In launching new charter schools, former Success Academy lawyer aims for integration
Given her close ties to Success, Emily Kim’s schools are likely to be closely watched.
June 27, 2017
A new study reveals which NYC charter school networks are outperforming their peers
The results are part of a broader study released this month that analyzed hundreds of charter schools and networks across 26 states to assess which types of charters are most effective in boosting student learning.
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.
Updated 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.
April 3, 2017
Regents signal toughness on charter schools and send Success Academy renewals back to SUNY
Charter school business that could have been routine dissolved into a wide-ranging discussion about how to ensure the schools are enrolling enough high-needs students.
April 3, 2017
As state budget debate rages on, Board of Regents set to push back on Success Academy renewals
The Board of Regents appears poised to send a series of Success Academy charter school renewals back to their authorizer with comments, rather than approve them.
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.
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.
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