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Success Academy Founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz to Receive Honorary Degree From Tufts University

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 2, 2019**

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Moskowitz Will Receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Tufts University

New York, NY — Tufts University today announced that Eva Moskowitz, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Success Academy Charter Schools, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Moskowitz will be recognized at Tufts University’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, at the Green on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Tufts, a university dedicated to providing transformative learning experiences for students from diverse backgrounds,” said Eva Moskowitz. “Through its generous financial aid packages, Tufts has made a profound difference in the lives of thousands of low-income students of color. At Success, we strive to attain the academic excellence and student achievement that have earned Tufts such distinction.”

Tufts University, located on campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Massachusetts, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university's schools is widely encouraged.

Tufts University has also long demonstrated a deep commitment to diversity. Each year, about a third of undergraduate admissions go to students of color, and approximately 10 percent of students are the first in their family to attend college. Tufts is one of a small number of universities committed to meeting 100 percent of admitted students demonstrated financial need.

“Eva’s vision and drive to transform public education are without equal,” said Success Academy Board Chair Steve Galbraith, himself a graduate of Tufts and a Trustee since 2009. “I am also extraordinarily proud of my alma mater for recognizing and celebrating Eva’s fierce commitment to educational excellence and unwavering support of the Success family. I am very proud to welcome her to the Tufts family.”

Two Success Academy scholars have been admitted to Tufts University: Michel Sidemion, part of Success Academy’s first graduating cohort, is a freshman at Tufts this year; in December, senior Mariah Galindo received an early decision acceptance to the Class of 2023.

Moskowitz opened the first Success Academy in Harlem in 2006, and since then the network has grown to 47 schools enrolling 17,000 children of color from some of the city's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Now the size of the state's seventh largest school district, Success Academy regularly outperforms all school districts in the state. On last year’s state exams, 98% of students passed math and 91% passed ELA. Due to strong parent demand each year, Success Academy holds a lottery for admission, open to all children in New York, including English language learners and students with special needs.

Moskowitz began her leadership in education reform as chair of the New York City Council’s Education Committee. As a national education leader, Moskowitz has testified before Congress about education issues and has worked with political leaders of both parties to advocate for children’s educational futures. Her drive to improve student outcomes for children beyond New York City led her to launch the Success Academy Education Institute, a free, open access online portal that shares Success Academy’s the curriculum, tools, and training. Since opening in 2017, the Ed Institute has been accessed by educators from all 50 states and more than 100 countries across the world have accessed this resource.



Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools are free public K-12 schools open to all children in the state through a random lottery. With 47 schools across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, Success Academy enrolls 17,000 students, primarily children of color from low-income households in disadvantaged neighborhoods: 74% receive free or reduced-price lunch, 94% are students of color, 16% have disabilities, and 8% are English language learners. Success Academy schools received more than 17,700 applications for 3,288 open seats for the 2018-19 academic year.

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