Eva Moskowitz, CEO of Success Academy, champions her charter school through both funding and rights. She recently accepted the Broad Prize, totaling 250,000. This prize is awarded to a charter school that demonstrates academic excellence. Eva Moskowitz will use the grant towards funding programs like their college readiness program and digital curriculum.
Success Academy is being rewarded with this grant for their work towards closing the achievement gap for low-income minority students. Moskowitz is often quoted as saying that zip code shouldn’t determine destiny. The digital curriculum will be an innovative digital file sharing to share out the intellectual materials, like curriculum and training materials.
Eva Moskowitz fights for her charter school’s right to operate independent of New York City schools. Success Academy just won a two year legal battle over New York City’s refusal to pay tuition reimbursements due to the school’s not signing the pre-k contract. The contract was tied to the Universal Pre-K initiative, which places certain restrictions on the school day. Students would be limited to time on electronic devices or field trips that require transportation. The state or city has the right to inspect charter schools, but they do not have the right to regulate.
The battle had to be taken all the way to the Apellate court. The Education Secretary and the Supreme Court ruled in favor of NYC. But the appeals court judge overturned those rulings, because the contract would give the public school district the right to regulate. Regulation is not one of the rights of the school district.