Thursday, July 11, 2013

Success Academy Evil Moskowitz Sues on State Audit to Keep Dead Bodies Buried While Grabbing More Real Estate

Is this a new way of being able to steal without consequences?  True public schools have to have an accountability of every dollar. The charter schools that are occupying our community schools need to be held to the same standards. ... comment at nycednews
Let's get our fingers into as much pie as we can while claiming we're a public school but make sure the public can't see behind the charter iron curtain.

Leonie Haimson said:
This is the second accountability section of the new charter law that Eva has openly opposed – the other one was the requirement that charters enroll and retain comparable numbers of high needs students – which her charters don’t do and she doesn’t want to be required to do. As Diane points out, Eva’s argument that the state comptroller has no authority to audit her schools puts the lie to any claim that charters are truly public schools. She wants taxpayer money – no demands it – and then refuses to be accountable for it. For shame!

From Ravitch blog:

When New York State Comptroller Tom Di Napoli informed Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy charter chain of his intention to audit its financial records, the corporation sued to block the audit of public funds on grounds it was unconstitutional.
According to the story in a legal journal, “Success Academy claims that a 2009 ruling by New York’s highest court found the Legislature overstepped its bounds by passing legislation in 2005 that authorized the comptroller to audit charter schools.
“Despite fine-tuning in 2010 that resurrected the audits, they’re still unconstitutional, Success Academy claims.”
In fact, Di Napoli has audited other charters based on the change in the law in 2010 that was written specifically to authorize the Comptroller to audit the use of public funds.
In one of Success Academy’s letters to the Comptroller, it asserts that the comptroller lacked the authority to conduct such audits under the state constitution, which authorizes reviews “of any political subdivision of the state” – which charter schools are not.”
Not being “a political subdivision of the state” is another way of saying that the charter corporation is a private contractor, NOT a public school. This has been the standard line of charters across the nation to evade state labor laws and other laws that apply to public schools but not to private contractors.

Proposed New Schools

Success Academy Charter Schools - NYC is applying to the Trustees of the State University of New York to open new public charter schools in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn ("New Success Academies"). Success Academy Charter Schools - NYC will be modifying its application to apply for schools in new Community School Districts ("CSDs") in these boroughs.

The mission of each charter school will be to provide students with an exceptionally high-quality education that gives them the knowledge, skills, character, and disposition to meet and exceed New York State standards, and the resources to succeed and lead in school, college, and a competitive global economy.
Target Population
The schools will serve low-income and/or mixed-income populations residing within the neighborhood or Community School District (CSD)* of location, including English Language Learners and students with special education needs.  The aim would be to educate all students at the same high level, irrespective of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and/or other status.  We deeply believe that economically and racially integrated school settings provide important benefits to both students and the community.  Students from low-income families benefit academically from attending mixed-income schools, and the establishment of high-quality mixed-income schools raises the bar generally for lagging middle-class schools.  It is a core principle at Success Academy that every child should have access to a high-quality public school option.
*Find Your CSD 

Grades and Enrollment
If approved, the New Success Academies would open in August 2014 with Kindergarten and 1st grade, and add one grade each year until they serve Kindergarten through 8th grade (middle school grades subject to government approval).  The planned total enrollment in the school’s fifth year of operation is 600-675 students.
Academic Program
The academic program will include daily reading, writing, math, and exploratory-based science instruction, totaling approximately four-and-one-half hours each week.  On any given day, students might dive into a good book, hypothesize about whether an object will sink or float, mold a papier-mâché dragon head, sing songs, solve the word problem of the day, challenge a fellow student in chess, write a compelling story, or score the winning soccer goal.  Success Academy scholars are critical thinkers who love learning and are college-bound.
In elementary school, the day will run from 7:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Kindergarten and until4:30 p.m. for all other grades, except one day each week, the school day will run from 7:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Extensive professional development will be provided for teachers on those afternoons.  Teachers will use student assessment data to drive instruction, and employ a research-based, results-driven curriculum that goes well beyond New York State standards

Proposed Schools  Success Academy Charter Schools - NYC is applying to open six new public charter schools in August 2014. In support of its application, Success Academy is seeking community input in the following boroughs and CSDs.
CSD 27
CSD 29
CSD 21
CSD 22

We welcome your comments.  Please use the form below to submit your comments and be sure to select the CSD, if any, to which your comment refers.
To leave a voicemail with your comments, please call 646-747-6196, and be sure to specify the school your message concerns.  We want to serve your great community, and we will endeavor to incorporate the community’s input as we embark on this exciting mission.
We look forward to working with you and becoming an integral part of your commu

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