New York Post / By Carl Campanile
Originally published: 3.23.2015
More parents than ever are trying to get their kids into Success Academy charter schools, according to figures released Monday.
Demonstrating a keen demand for high-quality public schools, New York City families are applying to Success Academy Charter Schools in record numbers this year. Still ten days away from the deadline, the top-performing public charter school network has received more than 19.000 unique applications for 2.688 open seats this fall — about seven applications for every open seat — leaving thousands of disappointed families seeking better educational options without an alternative to their zoned schools.
According to Dolsky, he chose to apply to Success Academy after watching a documentary about the program and what he described as a youthful and passionate environment. After several rounds of interviewing, he was accepted.
As founder of Success Academy Charter Schools, I know firsthand the depth of the education crisis in New York City. It is exactly what prompted me to open Success Academy nine years ago — after conducting more than 100 hearings as chair of the City Council Education Committee, I was painfully aware of how badly our schools were failing our city’s children.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says that she can turn failing schools into great ones if she changes the principal, gives students an extra hour of class and throws in lots of extra money.
As a former public-school student and parent, I’ve heard these types of promises before. And they’ve never done any good.
On a tour of Success Academy’s flagship school in Harlem, Moskowitz shared her philosophy on disrupting education…
The foundation of Moskowitz’s soccer initiative is Boris Bozic, hired in 2014 to run the Success Academy program. Bozic played club soccer in his native Serbia for OFK Belgrade‘s youth team and the then-Yugoslavia’s under-17s. He parlayed his talent for education, landing in Chicago in 2005, where he helped Judson College to fifth in the national rankings and to the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) nationals. He transferred to play in the NCAA Division 1 for Monmouth University’s team, which brought him to New Jersey.
Parent Anthony Sanchez on why he and 13.000 other New Yorkers rallied for school choice in Albany Wednesday.
ALBANY — Lawmakers resign, and policies change, but charter schools continue to divide the two houses of the New York state Legislature.
The issue’s ability to galvanize supporters and inflame detractors — cutting across party lines and involving the flow of vast sums of money — was again apparent on Wednesday, as thousands of charter advocates rallied outside the Capitol building.
They were out in force again in Albany Wednesday, 13.000 strong — demanding better schools for New York’s kids.