Support our national reporting
Education news. In context.
Building Better Schools
From the Statehouse
Beyond High School
Funding & Finance
In the Classroom
Politics & Policy
Sorting the Students
Rise & Shine
Building Better Teachers
Passionate about classroom-level stories? Support our journalism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RISE & SHINE
You are now subscribed!