Success Academy Gets $8.5 Million to Add Charter Schools in New York City – The New York Times

By helping Success Academy continue its expansion, the gift, from the hedge fund manager John Paulson and his wife, Jenny, could add pressure on the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to find space for the new schools or to pay toward their rent.

Ms. Moskowitz has plans to grow to 70 schools within five or six years, and last year, she said she would like to have 100 schools within 10 years.The hedge fund manager John Paulson, who with his wife, Jenny, gave the money.

But Success Academy’s growth has posed a problem for the de Blasio administration. Under a law passed last year in Albany, the city will have to either find space for the new schools in public school buildings or pay a portion of their rent.

via Success Academy Gets $8.5 Million to Add Charter Schools in New York City – The New York Times.

In reading this article, I caution that we need to know the facts regarding the data. Public schools do not have the option of sending away students who don’t perform, or have behavior issues, or create overcrowding. Public schools honor free and public education for everyone. The April 6, 2015 New York Times article uncovers some of the punitive measures the Success schools use in order to keep scores up. Teachers are overworked, fear tactics are in place for underperformers, and students who didn’t make the grade suffer. I believe for charter schools to work, an accountability system has to be in place that’s honest about statistics. The Success Academy scores are high, but at what price?


Just Out – Highlights of the PDK/Gallup Poll

PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

This is a wonderful resource of what the public thinks of education. There were a few surprises, especially regarding our need to educate parents about he Common Core.

Highlights of the 2013 PDK/Gallup poll/ What Americans said about the public schools


Most Americans don’t know about the Common Core and those who do don’t understand it.


Kids are safe at school. Don’t give teachers and principals guns to protect children; invest in better mental health services rather than weapons.


High school students should be able to earn college credits via the Internet while attending high school.


The significant increase in testing in the past decade has either hurt or made no difference in improving schools.


Charter schools probably offer a better education than traditional public schools.


Lack of financial support continues to be the biggest problem facing public schools.



Students’ standardized test scores should not be used to evaluate teachers. Teacher evaluations should be available to the public — and so should evaluations of doctors and police.

Don’t spend public money to send children to private schools.


Children of immigrants who are in the United States illegally should not have access to free public education.

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