On a mission to give New York City's disadvantaged kids the chance to receive a high-quality education, Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, has left no one indifferent. To parents across the five boroughs who eagerly seek better schooling options for their children, she's regarded as no less than a hero: Success Academy, founded in 2006, has grown to 46 schools and now serves 15,500 students—closing race- and income-based achievement gaps and outperforming even affluent suburban school districts. Last year, Success was awarded the prestigious Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. Yet, at the same time, Moskowitz has been vilified by teachers' unions and their political allies—most especially New York's current mayor. During his 2013 campaign, for example, Bill de Blasio said of Moskowitz: "She has to stop being tolerated, enabled, supported." Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), has likened Eva to Joseph McCarthy. Success Academy, meanwhile, continues to grow; Eva aims to operate 100 schools within a decade.
Please join us to hear Moskowitz discuss her background on the New York City Council, her philosophy of education, how she built Success Academy, the political opposition she's had to overcome, and the opposition she still faces. You can read more about these and other areas of her life's work in her recently published memoir, The Education of Eva Moskowitz.