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Statement from Eva Moskowitz on Albany’s Charter “Deal”



Ann Powell, 646-894-6407 

Maria Amante, 332-222-6642 

Statement from Eva Moskowitz on Albany’s Charter “Deal”

New York, NY, April 27, 2023 — Statement from Success Academy Founder & CEO Eva Moskowitz in response to the New York State budget agreement reached today: 

“Governor Hochul’s effort to increase educational opportunity for our City’s children has been thwarted by Albany politics.  A ‘deal’ of only 14 charters that discriminates against families in certain neighborhoods is a travesty for poor kids and families of color. 

“After decades of spending more than any other state in the country, New York’s student achievement ranks in the bottom 10% of states in math nationally, and the bottom third in reading. The victims of this educational neglect are low-income Black and Brown children, and Albany has bargained away their access to high-quality schools. This discrimination must stop.”


About Success Academy 

Since its founding in 2006, Success Academy has created the highest-performing public school district in New York state, and a national model of access to excellence for children across all demographics. We currently enroll over 20,000 children in our 49 elementary, middle, and high schools. The majority of Success Academy scholars are children of color from low-income households in disadvantaged neighborhoods, admitted through a random public lottery. Our distinctive K-12 approach, designed as a holistic thirteen-year educational trajectory, leads to student outcomes that outpace even those in affluent suburban schools. To date, 100% of SA’s graduates have been accepted to college, many to highly selective institutions. Most are the first in their families to have the opportunity for higher education. We regularly share our groundbreaking curriculum and methods with educators and school leaders across the country. By scaling excellence and reigniting the civic mission of education, Success Academy is leading a movement to reinvent public education. All children can thrive and achieve in school, in college, and in life — Success Academy students and teachers prove it every day.

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