Eva Moskowitz glares at the linoleum tile on the Try and Try stairwell, brow furrowed at a micromanager’s nightmare: a gray stain, six inches long. “This drives me crazy,” she says.
It’s 7:50 a.m. on a Monday as the ex–City Council member arrives inside Harlem Success Academy 1, the flagship of her mushrooming charter-school network. She’s spent the last twenty minutes at the school’s gate off Lenox Avenue, digging into a startled child’s collar to flag a missing clip-on tie, scanning for regulation footwear. Continue reading
On Oct. 3, 2008, Eva Moskowitz, a former city councilwoman and head of four charter schools in Harlem, e-mailed schools Chancellor Joel Klein for help.
Moskowitz wanted more space to expand her Harlem Success academies and she had two specific public school buildings in mind. Continue reading
The law that gave Mayor Bloomberg control of city schools expired at midnight. That means the Board of Education is back. Earlier this morning, the five borough presidents gathered at Gracie Mansion to determine their appointees; the mayor also makes two appointments. The newly reconstituted board’s first meeting is expected to take place at noon today. Their first order of business will be a vote on whether to keep Chancellor Joel Klein on the job. So far, most of the borough presidents have said they want to keep the system stable, but Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz would not commit. The seven-member board includes:
First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris (Mayoral appointee)
Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler (Mayoral appointee)
Dr. Dolores Fernandez (Bronx Borough President appointee)
Carlo Scissura (Brooklyn Borough President appointee)
Jimmy Yan (Manhattan Borough President appointee)
Deputy Borough President Edward Burke (Staten Island Borough President appointee)
Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott (Queens Borough President appointee)
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who will be able to appoint a member of the Board of Education if mayoral control is not renewed by next week’s deadline, announces program his appointee will introduce to ensure continued safe and effective operation of NYC public schools if the mayoral control law expires and the Board is reconstituted.
One Centre Street, Manhattan
Thursday, June 25, 2009
This is the second of 221 PlaNYC schoolyards citywide to be renovated and reopened as community playgounds by 2010, to meet the Mayor’s goal of having all New Yorkers live within a ten-minute walk of a park or playgound. The event was attended by Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, State Senator Bill Perkins and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein cut the ribbon at a ceremony celebrating the opening of PlaNYC playground at P.S. 76; 220 West 121st .
Photo by Heuichui Kim