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Eva Moskowitz

Charter Schools Break the Rules and Don't Seem to Care

Alan Singer | Posted 06.16.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Three recent stories about Charter Schools and the school deform movement should make readers ask, "Is this what they mean by school reform?"

Are Publicly Funded Charter Schools Accountable to Parents and Taxpayers? Apparently Not.

Donald Cohen | Posted 02.29.2016 | Education
Donald Cohen

They are private citizens who get to spend taxpayer dollars to educate children. They argue that the market will determine success. Unfortunately, they get to define what success looks like -- not the public whose taxes fund the school, nor voters who are the ultimate policy makers in a democratic society.

The Worst Thing About the Brutal 'No Excuses' Success Academy Video

John Thompson | Posted 02.07.2017 | Education
John Thompson

Would any parent or student -- who had a real choice in terms of learning environments -- settle for a Success Academy school? Above all, why would any person even think about imposing that regimen on other peoples' children, as they do when they engage in the mass charterization of urban schools?


Daniel Katz | Posted 02.15.2017 | Education
Daniel Katz

While it may be desirable, even necessary, to deflate the self aggrandizing mythology of Success Academy by documenting reality, it is also important to remember that the charter network is not actually the illness. It is merely an extreme rash that has broken on the surface.

Moskowitz's Success Academy Is Being Sued Again

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.14.2017 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Eva Moskowitz On January 29, 2016, Diane Ravitch posted a piece about New York City charter lightening rod, Eva Moskowitz, demanding that NYC Mayor B...

Success Academy's War Against Children

Alan Singer | Posted 02.15.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

This is about the Success Academy Charter School Network that should be investigated by state educational officials and the local district attorney's office and probably shut down -- permanently.

Details on the Success Academy "Got to Go List" Lawsuit

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.11.2017 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Success Academy Fort Greene (SAFG) opened in the 2013-14 school year as an elementary school with grades K-1, with the intention of adding a grade each year until the school served grades K-4.

The Secret to Success (Hint: It's Not Success Academies)

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

Critics claim, with ample evidence, that a combination of self-selection for admission, high suspension rates and high expulsion rates distill the Success student body to those who are more likely to do well on tests and thereby burnish their reputation.

Did Eva Lie? Charter Queen Claims "Got to Go" List an "Anomaly"

Alan Singer | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

While Success Academy students do better than average on high-stakes assessments, there is a rising crescendo of criticism because of Moskowitz's use of wealthy political connections to promote her empire, and accusations that Success Academy suspends poorly performing students to drive them out of the schools and boost its average test scores.

Losing Ground, But Not Because of Language

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 10.30.2016 | Education
Josmar Trujillo

There are terrible charters, to be sure, but there are also those that are winning people over. So I wasn't surprised that there was a strong show of force of families marching under the charter banner.

Randi and Eva: Stop Suspending Our Babies!

Reggie Harris | Posted 10.28.2016 | Black Voices
Reggie Harris

The best action that either of you can take for Black kids is to decide to stop suspending them now. Commit to the hard work of being creative in finding new restorative justice models. Support organizations that truly consist of the people that they are supposed to help.

Moskowitz's Letter to Merrow: What She Reveals and Omits

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.26.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In her letter to John Merrow, Eva Moskowitz showed that in order to protect the reputation of Success Academies, she is willing to publicly release the specifics of a student's disciplinary file without parental permission.

Moskowitz's 'Suspension' Academy's Code of Misconduct

Alan Singer | Posted 10.26.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Merrow also reported the suspension rates at Success Academy Charter schools are almost three times higher than in regular New York City K-12 public schools. Other studies have found similarly disproportionately high suspension rates at Success Academy schools.

Military Boot Camp and No-Excuses Charter Schools

Vicki Cobb | Posted 10.13.2016 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The military long ago solved its education problem: How do you take collections of disparate individuals from all walks of life, who have never killed anyone, and turn them into cohesive, well-disciplined units of warriors?

Success Academy, 'The New York Times Magazine' and Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 11.07.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

The New York Times Magazine has a long article about Eva Moskowitz and her chain of charter schools in New York City. But what Moskowitz does to get high test scores is not a model for public education or even for other charters.

How to Properly Cash in on the Charter School Movement

Peter Greene | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There's no legal limit to what you can be paid as the charter school operator. The only limits to your salary are the limits set by your own sense of shame. If you have no shame, then ka-ching, my friend. Ka. Ching.

Joy Resmovits

How Bill De Blasio May Be Helping Charter Schools More Than Some Republicans | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Last fall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) waged his successful populist campaign in part on reversing his predecessor Michael Bloo...

Bill de Blasio vs. Charter Schools -- A Pointless Battle

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

This is a mere sideshow. Comparing schools -- charter vs. neighborhood public; suburban vs. urban; public vs. private -- is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of education in America.

Bobby Jindal: Bill De Blasio Is A 'Petulant Tyrant'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio does not have a friend in Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. On Tuesday, the New York Post published an op-ed by ...

Every Child Matters

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.16.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

It's hard work to try to help all kids, not just some. This is the underlying fight in New York and elsewhere right now. Mayor de Blasio has crafted a thoughtful, comprehensive plan to strengthen education for all children.

In New York's Fight Over Charter Schools, a Tale of Two Cities (and Two Selves)

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Indeed, the center of the fight in NYC seems to be about what will happen when the considerable wealth and influence of a capitalist economy begins to remake the institution that was founded to be the ultimate safeguard of our democratic society.

Why Does Andrew Cuomo Love Charter Schools? Follow The Money To Wall Street

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Wall Street loves charter schools. Andrew Cuomo wants to be re-elected governor of New York with a large majority. One of his biggest sources of money is Wall Street. Cuomo now wants to take charge of dispensing millions in public funds to charter schools for construction, and he wants to assure them that they can have public space without paying rent.

Eva Moskowitz's Shameful Misuse of Civil Rights

Camille Rivera | Posted 05.13.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Moskowitz is trying to paint herself as a defender of black and Latino children, but really her war on Mayor Bill de Blasio is not about children or civil rights. It's about Moskowitz wanting more power, more profit for her 22 schools and demanding to get everything she wants.

Mayor de Blasio and Education: Fact-Checking Eva Moskowitz's Claims

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.12.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

What is missing from the controversy so far is any interest on the part of the journalists in basic facts. Instead, what is happening is a PR battle. Eva Moskowitz has attacked Mayor de Blasio in multiple media appearances, and no one in the media has bothered to check any of her claims. Let's fill that gap.

The Smear Campaign Against Mayor Bill de Blasio

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Perhaps you have seen the headlines and the television interviews about how New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is closing charter schools, evicting poor minority children, destroying their dreams for the future, and their chance to escape failing public schools. Time for a fact check.