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Eva S. Moskowitz (born March 4, 1964) runs Harlem Success Academy and is a former City Councilmember in New York City.

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Education, teaching, and family

She graduated from Stuyvesant High School[1] and the University of Pennsylvania and received a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University.

She taught at Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, and City University of New York.[2] She was the director of the children's literacy program ReadNet[2] and taught civics at Prep for Prep for gifted children in New York.[3]

She married Eric Grannis, a classmate at Stuyvesant, and they have three children, Culver, Dillon, and Hannah.

Harlem Success Academy charter school

She is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Success Charter Network and Harlem Success Academy, a charter school for kindergarten and elementary grades primarily in Harlem and planning to expand to the Bronx, N.Y., where the students are achieving among the highest test scores in the state. She moved to within a 10-minute walk of three of the schools and one of her sons is attending Harlem Success.[4] Harlem Success outperformed its school district by nearly 25 percentage points in English Language Arts.[5]

Moskowitz has also received criticism as the head of Harlem Success Academy. Critics argue that she has used high-level connections to expand too rapidly the number of charter schools in New York City.[4] On the other hand, each Harlem Success school, at least some, has its own principal.[6] She has been criticized for drawing over $300,000 a year for overseeing 1,000 students, while New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein makes $250,000 for running over a thousand schools.[7] While some criticize the lack of unions, others point to her ability to select teachers and the students' very high achievement levels.[8][4]

Elections

In 1999, she was elected as New York City Councilmember for the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Since 2002, she served as Chairwoman of the Council Education Committee. She gained wide coverage for her positions on education and her hearings on the teachers' union contracts.[4][2] She is known as an aggressive advocate for education reform.[2]

In 2005, Moskowitz gave up her seat and entered the race for Manhattan Borough President to succeed C. Virginia Fields, emphasizing educational issues. She raised the most money of any Democratic candidate, but finished second to Scott Stringer. The teachers' union campaigned heavily for Stringer and against Moskowitz, based on Moskowitz' hearings about the teachers' contract and on other education issues. The New York Times reports, "The Working Families Party, a union party, intruded in several Democratic primary contests, especially the very hot one for Manhattan borough president. The mission was clearly to defeat Eva Moskowitz, a City Council member who was not considered union-friendly."[9]

She announced plans to seek political office in the future, hinting that she may run for Mayor of New York.[2][4]

Historian

She wrote the book, In Therapy We Trust,[10] a focused history of psychotherapy in popular U.S. culture and arguing for moving away from self-centered therapy and toward addressing larger social problems ("we must remain critical of a therapeutics that easily displaces real solutions to pressing social problems."[11]).

She directed and produced a documentary (1997) on post-World War II women's roles.[12]

References

  1. ^ Eva Moskowitz, City Council Member, by Jen Chung, in Gothamist (Jul. 26, 2005), as accessed Nov. 2, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e Taking on Unions, And Paying a Price, by Lizzy Ratner, in The N.Y. Observer, Dec. 7, 2003, as accessed Jan. 14, 2010.
  3. ^ HSA website > Who We Are (scroll down), as accessed Jan. 10, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e Charter School Chief Keeps a Hand in Politics, by Elissa Gootman, in N.Y. Times, Nov. 3 or 4, 2008, as accessed Jan. 10, 2010.
  5. ^ N.Y. Times.
  6. ^ HSA, Who We Are, as accessed Mar. 7, 2010.
  7. ^ Former City Council Member Eva Moskowitz Makin' a Bundle at Nonprofit Schools, by Juan Gonzalez, in N.Y. Daily News, Feb. 27, 2009, as accessed Feb. 28, 2010.
  8. ^ Wikipedia article on Harlem Success Academy.
  9. ^ The Meddling Parties, in N.Y. Times, Oct. 2, 2005, as accessed Jan. 14, 2010 (editorial). (This is an editorial, per Gale Group database, as accessed Jan. 15, 2010.)
  10. ^ In Therapy We Trust: America's Obsession with Self-Fulfllment (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, [1st printing?] 2001) (ISBN 0-8018-6403-8).
  11. ^ In Therapy We Trust, supra, p. 284 (Epilogue).
  12. ^ In Therapy We Trust, supra, dust jacket, rear flap.
Preceded by
Andrew Eristoff
New York City Council, 4th District
1999–2005
Succeeded by
Daniel Garodnick
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