Success Academy Withdraws Request For DOE Space on LES; Questions Remain

Success Academy Presents LES Charter School Proposal Tonight

Two young protesters attended a charter school hearing on the Lower East Side in 2010.

Battles over charter schools are nothing new on the Lower East Side. In 2010, parents were divided over the siting of the Girls Prep Charter School.  Just last year, an expansion proposal from Manhattan Charter School also stirred up controversy.  Now a new battle is brewing. Tonight, Success Academy will go before CB3’s education committee to present its plan to open two new schools in Community District 1.

Community Board 3 has posted a letter from Success Academy’s controversial CEO, Eva Moskowitz, on its web site.  It is not yet clear where the schools would be located.  In the past, the Department of Education has allowed charters to utilize space in overcrowded traditional public schools, angering parents of existing students. 

Ross Global Academy Loses Appeal

There’s news today on Ross Global Academy’s campaign to stay open, in spite of the NYC Education Department’s decision to close the charter school for poor performance and other problems. The state education commissioner has rejected the appeal. The New York Times has the story.

The move clears the way for the Girls Prep Middle School to move into the Ross building on East 12th Street.

State Blocks Girls Prep Expansion

Protest on the steps of City Hall in March.

The state education commissioner is blocking a decision by New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) to allow the Girls Prep Charter School to expand its middle school in a shared building on East Houston Street.  Several Lower East Side parents and an organization called Advocates for Children filed a complaint against the DOE in the spring. This week, New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner issued his decision.