Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Eva Moscowitz Wants Special Treatment For Her Schools.
Last week was not a good week for Eva Moscowitz and her Harlem Success Academy Schools. First. there was the PBS story about the student expulsions and then the New York Times wrote a damming article on the Success Academy discipline policy that pushes out misbehaving and academically struggling students. In fact, one of her schools, the Fort Greene Success Academy had a "got to go" list of 16 students the school wanted to push out. Was the Principal fired for having such a list? Of course not since this is the standard operating procedure for the Success Academy Network. The only difference was the Fort Greene Principal was stupid enough to write the "got to go" list and gave it to staff.
If that wasn't bad enough, Eva Moscowitz has refused to allow for the New York City vetting process for opening a pre-k program. Of the 277 applications, including other charter operators, only the Success Academy Network has refused to be vetted and has threatened to file a lawsuit claiming they are exempt from New York City requirements and wants public money while not being held accountable.
Obviously, Eva Moscowitz thinks she still has Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein in charge who allowed her to ignore DOE and NYC regulations, requirements, and rules.and open up new schools with public funding but no oversight and do as she pleased. Even when it meant pushing out traditional public schools or forcing special education services to be given in hallways or book rooms. Yes, she has Governor Andrew Cuomo on her side but as his poll numbers slide and his disastrous and punitive education policy is proving to be a rock tied to a drowning man, he has decided to downplay his support of her. Therefore, the newly empowered Bill de Blasio has flexed his muscles and put the screws to Eva Moscowitz and has refused to allow her space in existing public schools.
The miracle at Eva Moscowitz's Success Academy of high test scores hides the very dark side of these scores, that is the constant test prep, the pushing out of "high need students" and the increasingly smaller class sizes as the network refuses to backfill leaving students. The lack of scrutiny by t5he Bloomberg Administration is a thing of the past and its about time that the Success Charter School Network be subject to the same oversight that all New York City schools should be whether they are public or charter.