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Success Academy 2: The Founder

November 16, 2018

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Show Notes

The Story

Eva Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of Success Academy, the highest performing and most controversial charter school network in New York City, and the subject of this season of StartUp. To understand Success, you have to understand Eva.

So on this episode, we go back to the beginning, looking at what got Eva interested in education in the first place, seeing the battles she fought on her way to starting Success, and watching as she opens her first schools. She cut her teeth serving on the New York City Council as chair of its Education Committee. In 2003 she did the unthinkable for a Democratic politician: she challenged the teachers’ union. The war that ensued would include protests outside her schools, parents opposing Success at local hearings, and a newly elected mayor trying to shut her down. Eva’s instinct to fight has helped keep Success Academy growing, but it has also made her a lot of enemies.

The Facts

Peter Leonard mixed the episode. 
Our theme song is by Mark Philips, remixed by Bobby Lord. 
Build Buildings wrote and performed our special ad music. 
Additional music by Peter Leonard, Bobby Lord, Hot Moms Dot Gov, Michael Charles Smith, Armond WakeUp, Basement Riot, Golden Gram, and BlueDot.

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