Kings County Politics
Originally published: 7.13.2018
An entire Bronx charter-school class in the nation’s poorest congressional district not only passed the Algebra I Regents exam — […]Read More >
This is an educational rights case about the New York City Department of Education Committee on Special Education 1’s systemic, repeated, and ongoing failure to provide Success Academy Charter Schools’ special needs students with adequate and timely special education support, in violation of laws that Congress passed to address this very issue.
The Success Academy charter school network says the city is routinely discriminating against its students in the South Bronx, delaying and denying special education services to children that need them.
The New York City education department is accused of routinely delaying and denying special education services to Success Academy students in the Bronx, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court by parents whose children attend the charter network.
Last week should have been a joyful celebration for our family as we watched our son Walker graduate to the fifth grade after an exceptional final year of elementary school. But we were completely blindsided when Mayor de Blasio announced that he is evicting Success Academy middle schoolers from a public school building in Brooklyn where Success has been located for the last two years.
City parents’ demand for charter-school seats just hit a new high, with nearly 80,000 lottery applicants. Unfortunately, the effort to choke charters’ growth means they’re competing for just 26,900 available seats. In the latest outrage, Carranza refuses to declare an emergency to end-run technical issues that stand in the way of giving the Success Academy its promised classrooms in a Bed-Stuy school building that has 900 empty seats.
The demand for city charter schools has hit a record high with 79,000 applications for the upcoming school year. That’s up from 73,000 last year and 54,000 in 2011, according to the New York City Charter School Center.
Earlier this year, Success Academy was approved for two new middle schools – SA East Flatbush, and SA Lafayette. SA Lafayette would be the one SA is proposing to locate at the space approved for SA Bed-Stuy 3 at PS25 Eubie Blake building at 787 Lafayette Avenue. When the Hon. Judge Levine issued a stay on May 24th to keep P.S. 25 Eubie Blake open while the lawsuit parents have brought to keep it open gets resolved, what was not discussed was the impact this decision would have on the Success Academy’s (SA) plans to open a middle school at this location.
In their effort to remake American education, charter schools have never quite shaken controversy. But one such school is trying to rethink soccer education as well. Success Academy, the largest charter school network in New York City, serving some 15,500 students, is integrating soccer through the curricula of about 5,000 of them.