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Topics in the News:
Op-Eds | January 15, 2014 >>
For the past 12 years, the Bloomberg administration has singled out charter schools for special treatment, a strategy that embittered many ordinary New York City public school parents and children. Here are four steps charter schools should take now to end that divisive relationship.
Press releases | December 23, 2013 >>
The United Federation of Teachers submitted an amicus brief today supporting the authority of the New York State Comptroller to audit Success Academy and other charter schools and networks. UFT lawyers argue that “while charter schools may receive some funding from private entities, they are overwhelmingly funded by public tax dollars and they are subject to the disclosure requirements applicable to government agencies under the New York state Freedom of Information Law.”
News stories | December 19, 2013 >>
Unionized charter school educators came out to a recent board meeting of the New York City Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering and The Construction Industries in the Bronx to support the faculty who has been fighting for three years for a first contract.
News stories | November 14, 2013 >>
They say lightning never strikes twice, but it has at Andries Hudde MS in Flatbush which for the second time in less than six months has fended off a proposal to co-locate a charter school inside its building.
Editorials | November 14, 2013 >>
You would think that if Success Academy Charter Schools can pay Eva Moskowitz a salary of $475,244, they could also afford to pay rent for their space in public school buildings.
Charter operator Eva Moskowitz closed her schools on Tuesday and ordered students, parents and staff to attend a City Hall demonstration that UFT President Michael Mulgrew called “a thinly disguised campaign rally.”
After being a revolving door for principals for years, IS 78 in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn has finally settled down under a new principal. Student scores have started to trend upward and safety is vastly improved. That’s why the news that the DOE wants to co-locate a K-4 Success Academy School at IS 78 has rocked the community.
The stable community at IS 96 is facing an unprecedented threat from the city’s plan to co-locate a Success Academy charter school in its building next fall. Under the co-location, Success Academy would take 27 out of IS 96’s 62 classrooms – almost half the school.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew called at an Oct. 2 City Council hearing for all charter schools seeking free space in public school buildings to be required to disclose their financial records, political contributions and other information.
News | October 7, 2013 >>
Scores of parents, staff and students are expected to turn out at a hearing to oppose a proposal to open an Uncommon Charter School at the Brooklyn Theatre Arts HS in Canarsie.
Press releases | October 2, 2013 >>
The United Federation of Teachers, in a proposed amendment to a City Council resolution, today called for charter schools seeking free space in New York City public school buildings to be required to make public financial data and political donations, along with student demographics, suspension rates, and teacher and student attrition.
News stories | September 26, 2013 >>
The Success Academy network’s chief, Eva Moskowitz, expanded into the Washington Irving HS building near Union Square over the vocal and organized protests of UFT members at the building’s six co-located district schools.
News stories | September 5, 2013 >>
The union movement at New York City charter schools gained momentum with the signing of three new contracts at the end of the school year. During the last 10 days of June, educators at a French-immersion charter school in Harlem and an elementary school in Queens both entered into their first contracts while a unionized charter school in the Bronx ratified its latest contract.
News | August 8, 2013 >>
Chanting “Fight, fight, fight, education is a right!,” community residents and teachers and parents from District 75 school P 811M, housed in Harlem’s PS 149, held a press conference on July 10 to denounce the expansion of Eva Moskowitz’s Harlem Success Academy inside their shared school building.
News stories | June 13, 2013 >>
Teachers and parents at the Andries Hudde Middle School in Flatbush won a rare victory in late May when the Department of Education was forced to drop its plan to co-locate a charter school inside their building.
News stories | June 13, 2013 >>
The UFT and the board of trustees at the Opportunity Charter School in Harlem have agreed to a first-ever contract at the school. Educators on May 17 exercised their union voting rights for the first time and ratified their two-year contract by a nearly unanimous vote.
Feature stories | May 30, 2013 >>
Harlem Success Academy chief Eva Moskowitz’s planned expansion of her charter network into a Fort Greene school is raising alarm among parents and staff, who say the co-location threatens the music and arts program at the heart of the 6-12 grade school.