Eva Moskowitz, CEO of Success Academy, has just won a 250,000 grant and plans to open a college readiness program. She accepted the Broad Prize, funded by Public Charter Schools, at the National Charter School conference in DC. The grant will go towards the college readiness programs for Success students. This amount of money is nothing compared to the reported 60 million the school took in from its support in the wealthy hedge fund sector. That revenue is an increase of 42 million from the previous year.
Eva Moskowitz believes that this award, among other recognition, shows that students from even the poor inner city neighborhoods can win. Success Academy will also be launching the Success Academy Education Institute. The first project from the new Institute will be the release of the reading curriculum on a digital platform and made available for free.
Success Academy has always been a leader and champion for charter schools in NY. They just recently won a two year long battle for freedom to run the pre-k programs the way they desire. NY refused to pay them 720,000 in tuition reimbursement due to Success Academy’s refusal to sign the contract regulating pre-k programs. The contract places restrictions on certain things, like amount of time using electronic devices or field trips. Moskowitz believed that this interference was too much. An appellate judge agreed that the city has the right to inspect but not regulate. Success Academy and Eva Moskowitz continues to prove that charter schools can work and help kids from even the roughest of circumstances.