Now Eva Moskowitz wants to open another ‘Success’ charter school in Williamsburg

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A politically connected charter school wants to move into Williamsburg — but neighborhood school leaders won’t play nice.

Former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz wants to put one of her Success Charter Network schools inside the MS 50 building on S. Third Street at the start of the next school year — and she has the city’s backing.

“[Williamsb­urg] has some good schools, but they’re quickly filling up, and we’ve repeatedly heard from parents that they’re worried that their kids will be forced into an underperforming school,” said Moskowitz. “This will give parents another great public school option.”

The new school will start with kindergarten and first grade classes — totaling about 200 children — and share space with the public middle school. Eventually, it would become a full kindergarten-through-fifth-grade school.

Success Charter Network schools are among the highest-performing programs in the state, but parents — and the teachers union — often fight city attempts to site charter schools inside public school buildings, citing space constraints.

“[Moskowitz] attempts to attract the highest-performing families [causing] other public schools to have a brain drain,” said Williamsburg activist David Dobosz. “It weakens the public schools.”

But some parents are excited to have more choices.

“[Williamsb­urg] growing so fast for families but there aren’t as many good educational option,” said parent Alexandra Tremane. “I’m really hoping my daughter gets into a charter school next year.”

The Williamsburg school would be Moskowitz’s third school in Brooklyn by next year — she opened one in Bedford-Stuyvesant this fall and plans to open another in Cobble Hill next fall, despite a fight with parents in the existing public school building.

Anticipating some controversy, Success Charter Network co-founder Jenny Sedlis said, “We want to be good neighbors and work collaboratively with [MS 50] so it can retain what’s great about its program.”

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 5:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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Harry from Da Heights! says:
So Moskowitz says, "[Williamsburg] has some good schools, but they’re quickly filling up..." and her solution is to crowd them even more with her outfit??? Oh, yeah, she's just thinking about the good of the kids, and not her $300K salary and performance bonus!

Send this bloodsucker back to her crypt!
Dec. 12, 2011, 5:57 am
John from Brooklyn says:
Great news for Williamsburg parents and kids!
Dec. 12, 2011, 11:16 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Why doesn't Moskowitz just pay for the space herself rather than just be allowed to use it rent free? She has the money, but loves leeching off of the taxpayers. Also, I don't understand why the only space she can think of is at an actual public school when there are plenty of abandoned warehouses and factories or even empty lots to place a school such as her's. Nobody is against placing a charter or private school, just against funding for it with their tax dollars especially when it's privately owned.
Dec. 12, 2011, 3:27 pm
CWT from Harlem says:

I am a taxpayer, as I assume you are. My child should have access to any public school facility I so desire for them to go to as I assume you would want for your children. So, if I choose to send my child to a charter school, which from what I know is a public school that is just not run by the DOE, I want them to have access to any public school facility at an equal amount as any other tax payer's kid.

I keep hearing the same old argument that charter schools should not have access to public school buildings simply, when in fact a charter school is a public school, just run by a person instead of a corrupt DOE.

I am not defending any single person or charter school network like Eva's schools, but I am defending my child's right to have access to the facility that my tax dollars pay for.
Dec. 13, 2011, 7:17 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
CWT, you are missing the point here. Many of the charter schools that are allowed to use facilities that public schools have are getting them either at a discount or rent free? Why should they be allowed to have that. Also, once they get in there, they actually start snubbing the public schools forcing very little space for them hence overcrowding, which is why the NAACP is helping the UFT on this. Last time I checked, charter schools are NOT public, they are private schools. Overall, it's not that many were against placing one there, just have them pay the full price rather than getting some special deal for it.
Dec. 13, 2011, 4:21 pm
Juliana from Bed-Stuy says:

CWT is correct, actually. Charter schools are PUBLIC schools--there's really no argument there. The "charter" in "charter schools" refers to the charter that they receive from the state which allows them to operate while being held to the same testing requirements as any other public school. So Success, and all other Charter schools, still operate on public funds as a condition of their charter, and are held to the same standards as all other public schools. If they were private schools, they would not have to take the same NYS tests--and indeed, if Success did not produce results on the NYS tests, they would no longer be allowed to exist. However, Success has produced incredible results.

Just wanted to make sure that this was clear to anyone reading these comments--the public/charter/private distinction can be confusing, but charter schools are simply public schools that have a charter issued by the state allowing them to operate under strict requirements to produce results for their students as determined by state standards. Private schools are a whole different ballgame, so there is no such thing as a charter school that is a private school.

Dec. 13, 2011, 8:40 pm
Mike from Prospect Heights says:
I'm being flooded with expensive mailings for this school and I don't live anywhere near Williamsburg and my kids are way too old for the lottery. There's something really suspicious going on with this lady. I assume it has something to do with her stated desire to run for mayor. Why isn't this ad money being spent on education?
Dec. 13, 2011, 9:10 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Last time I checked, charter schools weren't completely public, just partially. Unlike public schools, they can place whatever class size they want without having a debate. Also, they refuse to hire members of any teachers union or even fire teachers just for the fun of it. Meanwhile, they can expel students that are failing when this is illegal in actual public schools. If they are so open to the public then why do most of the students that get in for sure happen to be rich, while the rest can only get in by lottery? I would love to hear the answer for that. BTW, I did see the film, Waiting for Superman, so you can't tell me that I refused to see even though I believed that it was more of a joke. Of course, I know that you guys are probably now waiting for a check that Moskowitz is giving you for defending her on this website.
Dec. 13, 2011, 9:13 pm
History Teacher from Billyburg says:
Charter schools are public schools that were allowed to be started as experiments in better ways to educate kids, and were organized by PARENTS not CORPORATIONS. They were allowed to accept outside money in order to pay for their buildings' rent since they were not anticipated to use existing schools. NYC is absolutely by itself in allowing/forcing relocations of Charter schools with traditional public schools.

In NYC the movement has been totally corrupted by Wall Street hedge fund money as a way to siphon off tax money. There's even "fund" by JP Morgan Chase dedicated to charter schools with a projected return of 70-100%! Where is that money coming from? Starving our other schools, is where!

And the Bloomberg DOE is using a combination of test abuse and "relocations" with charter schools to further destroy our traditional public schools in order to break the teacher's union. The union's not the problem, it's the city. Cathy Black was the most blatant symbol of what Bloomberg thinks of public education, but Eva Moskowitz is the one dancing to the bank on the backs of our kids!
Dec. 14, 2011, 9:26 am
nemo from southside says:
I don't have a kid, so I didn't sign the petition when I was on the L platform yesterday.

I did think it was a sleazy way to get signatures. Ask parents, not people who will live in the burg for a year.

The guy (I assume he was hired?) got at least 10 signatures as I watched him work the platform.
Dec. 14, 2011, 5:54 pm
Pete from Brookly says:

Yeah, Charter schools are "Public" when they're
robbing other schools of their space; but "private"
when they get those big salaries.
Very clever.
Dec. 16, 2011, 5:22 am
grace from southside says:
The Success Charter Network is a corporation. They use students to prop up their bottom line. Here's a peek at their business model: School days for Kindergartners are 9 HOURS - close to torture for a 5-6 year old. Kids who do not perform well are "counseled out" to maintain the appearance of a high performing school. They pay no rent to co-occupy existing NYC school buildings and crowd the original occupants (in Harlem the kids were bullied down to the basement)! The CEO has a yearly salary $300K and is supported by a club of billionare hedgefund managers who can smell big profits in privatizing education. No thanks! I don't want my kid to be educated by a corporation. Let's work to support the schools we already have in Brooklyn.
Jan. 22, 2012, 2:05 pm
Truth from Williamsburg says:
Terrible journalism.
the reporter quoted "Williamsburg activist David Dobosz" asif he was an impartial observer.
In fact, he is a paid employee of the teacher's union.

There is nothing wrong about being against charter schools, but don't pretend it is because you care about the children or improving education. He simply wants to protect his job and get more money for the teachers union.
Dec. 5, 2012, 3:20 pm

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