Eva Moskowitz: Wall Street Stage Mother
Hedge-funded, politically-connected New York charter pusher Eva Moskowitz is trying to paint herself as a “protector of children.”
She insinuates that her charter school forcefulness is.. ahem.. “for the children,” and likens herself to to a “mama bear”:
“I’d be bullied, maybe, if children weren’t at stake,” she said. “But my momma-bear instinct kicks in when people try to do bad things to children. And the school system on a regular basis is doing bad things to children.”
She continued ripping into city public schools, saying the majority are “incredibly segregated and getting unbelievably poor results.”
“There are many, many hundreds of schools I would not send my own children to,” she added. [Emphasis added.]
Of course, teachers unions are the problem, and Moskowitz is the solution.
The only problem is, for all of her relentless driving of students to achieve on those high-stakes tests, Moskowitz cannot even deliver on her test-results-driven “bottom line.” In June 2014, Moskowitz’s Harlem Success Academy 1 graduated its first eighth grade class– at 32 students, only a remnant of the original 76 to enroll– and not one was accepted into New York City’s elite high schools.
These 32 survived “mama,” and it took them nowhere remarkable.
In my book exposing those exploiting public education, A Chronicle of Echoes, I compare Moskowitz to a mother– a stage mother. Here’s the opening of my chapter on Moskowitz:
If Mama Rose had forsaken Vaudeville and instead had focused on a career establishing and running charter schools, she might have been mistaken for Eva Moskowitz.
The entire chapter on Moskowitz is available here for readers to view for free, compliments of Amazon.com.
In it, I reveal Moskowitz’s drive to establish her charter school business– which is a business– one described as an “education corporation.” Moskowitz is heavily hedge-funded and has relocted her Success Academy corporate headquarters to Wall Street for $31 million over the course of 15 years– an average cost of $172,222 per month for rent alone.
Moskowitz’s self-inflicted salary has even busted the half-million mark.
And what do students get from their test-results-driven stage mother?
Test prep even on Saturdays and in bad weather.
And what do her non-unionized teachers get?
Six-day work weeks, eleven-hour work days, cell phones to make themselves available to students after school hours, the requirement to eat lunch with their students, infringement on their personal lives, and stress on their marriages.
And Eva is all for the parents– unless, of course, the parents object to what Eva wants.
It’s all in my book.
One would think that at least a couple of Moskowitz’s prized, test-prepped students would land in a prestigious NYC high school, but no.
Moskowitz has the corporate status and salary. She has the corporate drive. She even has the NYC political machine in her pocket.
But when comes to this self-deceived “mama bear” delivering on her own promised test results–
— her porridge is too cold.