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Judge dismisses cases against Success charter schools in Williamsburg and Cobble Hill

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They’re successful in court, too.

The Success Charter Network will open a school in Williamsburg and an elementary in Cobble Hill this fall after a Manhattan judge dismissed a pair of lawsuits seeking to block the politically connected and high-performing charter chain.

Scores of parents and civic leaders charged that Success Charter Network failed to demonstrate significant community support when it sought charters for the primary schools from the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees in both lawsuits filed in February and March.

But Judge Peter Moulton ruled last Friday that opponents did not file their objections to the charters in time according to state law — and stated that the law does not require Success officials to conduct exhaustive neighborhood outreach.

“The statue does not bar the issuance of a charter even where the relevant community mounts serious or even overwhelming opposition to a proposed school,” Moulton ruled.

Former Manhattan Councilwoman and Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz said the ruling was victory for families over “special interests.”

“In both Williamsburg and Cobble Hill, we found tremendous demand this year from parents seeking a choice when it comes to educating their children,” she said. “We’re thrilled that with these two baseless lawsuits behind us, we can do our part to provide even more students with a great public education.”

Attorney Arthur Schwartz, who represented the Success opponents, vowed to appeal the decision this week.

“We’re still going after their charter in order to shut down their operation in communities they shouldn’t be,” said Schwartz. “The law was supposed to require demonstration of community support and input, and a level of scrutiny beyond checking off a box.”

The Success Charter Network is slated to offer kindergarten and first grade classes in Cobble Hill and Williamsburg’s Southside starting in September.

This spring, the Success branch in Cobble Hill received 950 applications, 260 of them from families living near by, while the Williamsburg branch received 700 applications, 196 of them from families living in the Southside.

Updated 5:33 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

anywho says:
Success: won

Community: lost
June 5, 2012, 9:19 am
edukated guy from da skool of hard knocks says:
What about the allegation that Success and DOE were procedurally in error for applying to open a school in CSDs 13 or 14, but then siting it in CSD15?

Was that not part of this decision, or is the story incomplete?
June 5, 2012, 3:58 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I wonder if the judge had one of their children going to that charter school, because I wouldn't be surprised if that was the result of the lawsuit being tossed.
June 5, 2012, 8:07 pm
Charter Mom from Greenpoint says:
This is wonderful. Soon Citizens of the World will be approved and our children will finally get access to good schools.
June 5, 2012, 8:47 pm
Santos from Williamsburg says:
This is wonderful. My child is going there in the fall.
June 5, 2012, 8:50 pm
Question for Tal says:
You live in pleasantville Why do you post?
June 5, 2012, 9:07 pm
Old time brooklyn from slope says:
nyc public schools - more so the high schools are garbage - if your nyc kid has a shot at a true academic place go for it t - leave the rest in the dirt
June 5, 2012, 10:33 pm
parent from Greenpoint says:
The lawsuit was dismissed because of the TIMELINE, not because of lack of merit. The lawsuit was filed when the DOE informed the community. Apparently, the community was supposed to intuit that SUNY would accept these proposals and file the lawsuit without any confirmation of where the schools would intend to be housed.
June 6, 2012, 8:52 am
joey from clinton hills says:
victory for school choice! Defeat for UFT and selfish folks who have kids that were able to get into a good elementary schools.
June 6, 2012, 10:07 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Charter schools are hardly considered public schools. If they were truly public, then they wouldn't be so selective in who they would allow in and who they can just turn away, which is not the case for public schools. Also, charter schools have the right to expel a student who is failing just to keep the average up, and if a public school ever does this, they get sued for doing such an act. The real reasons why there is such opposition to charter schools is because not only do they get to use public money for funds despite not actually being public themselves, but also they get to locate in existing public school space and get more time in using them compared to the public schools that have been there longer. If they really want space, then they should find it on their own and create their own funding just like any other private business should. As for the UFT, I won't argue that they have the their problems, but compared to DOE, they are hardly anything. Why so much coverage on closet sex thing with Mulgrew that was 7 years, but so little on Walcott trying to bribe what he believes are bad teachers to leave. BTW, many did support public school budget after it was put up the last time on ballots and won.
June 6, 2012, 3:37 pm

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