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April 26, 2014
City finds private space for Success Academy schools whose co-locations it blocked
The city will provide private space for three Success Academy charter schools, City Hall announced Saturday, just two months after blocking those schools…
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
Pre-K funds, charter school protections, and Common Core changes in state budget deal
New York State reached agreement for a new spending plan, allocating pre-K funds for New York City, effectively reversing Success Academy co-location reversals, and laying out a process for new city charter schools to receive facilities support.
March 10, 2014
Here is Success’ legal case against the city’s co-location decision
Lawyers for Success Academy argued in a legal petition filed Monday that the city “arbitrarily” targeted the charter network in its decision to…
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 6, 2014
Charter school CEOs head to New York for advice on running networks
New York City would not seem the ideal place at the moment for charter school networks to talk expansion. Last week, the mayor…
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 16, 2013
At PEP meeting, the probable next mayor's promises loom large
At a meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy, parents and elected officials opposed to changes to their schools let the members know — and many said they were already looking ahead to a Mayor de Blasio to review the decisions. Only after more than five hours of testimony and discussion did one of the final PEP meetings under Mayor Bloomberg end with the approval of 12 new schools, including five new charter schools operating in public space, and 17 new co-locations to begin in 2014. Dozens came to protest proposed changes to I.S. 78 Roy H. Mann, wearing bright red T-shirts with the phrase, "Together We Make a Difference." The Panel approved the addition of a Success Academy elementary charter school in the school's Bergen Beach building, along with a reduction in Roy H. Mann's size. From their public comments emerged a complicated picture of Roy H. Mann. Parents blamed a succession of principals and a lack of staff cooperation for what they acknowledged was low enrollment at the school.
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.
September 23, 2013
Reprising 2012 rally, charter advocates planning march for Oct. 8
Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz greeted students at a 2012 rally at City Hall. Another rally, a march across the Brooklyn Bridge, is planned for Oct. 8, Moskowitz told parents over the weekend. New York City charter school advocates are planning a reprise of their 2012 rally that drew thousands of parents, students, and teachers to City Hall. That rally was spearheaded in large part by Success Academy Charter Schools CEO Eva Moskowitz — to the chagrin of some charter school advocates — and aimed to show the city that the sector is a potent political force. Over the weekend, Moskowitz told the parents of her network's 4,600 students that they should plan to attend another rally Oct. 8, weeks before the city's mayoral election. Parents "must" plan to accompany their children to a march across the Brooklyn Bridge that will replace the first half of the school day, Moskowitz explained in an email message, which GothamSchools obtained. "Your child’s education is threatened. Our very existence is threatened. Opponents want to take away our funding and our facilities," she wrote. "These attacks are a real danger — we cannot stand idly by."
September 5, 2013
Facing federal funding freeze, Success to nix lottery preference
After becoming one of the state’s first schools to reserve seats for English language learners in its lotteries, Success Academy Charter Schools are now planning to…
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