Dear Eva Moskowitz,
Hey. I got your email yesterday.
And so too, apparently, did hundreds–maybe thousands– of teachers from all over the State of New Jersey. I’m still trying to figure out how you got access to our public school email accounts and what kind of regulations, laws, or codes of ethics you’ve violated by sending solicitations to our professional inboxes (how much did it cost for you to pull this off, by the way?), but that’s a completely separate issue.
I find it really odd that you’re recruiting in what appears to be at least a 100-mile radius of NYC, since I live and work about an hour and a quarter away from Manhattan; and although the
Indoctrination Session “Candidate Reception” you’re hosting on May 27th sounds intriguing (well, mostly just the part about the drinks and hors d’ouevres), I regret to inform you that there’s no way in hell I’d ever take a job with Success Academy. Ever.
I thought it was pretty despicable that you sent a similar version of the email you sent me to Newark teachers—again at their work email addresses—around the time when Cami Anderson announced mass layoffs of public school teachers and mass closures of district schools, so I wrote this.
So imagine my shock when a new message from Success Academy popped up in my inbox! Given that you thought I’d be interested in leaving a job I love and pursuing employment within your chain of charters, I’m assuming you didn’t read my last post—so I’ll recap my main points, which in this capacity will also serve as reasons I will not be attending your
Indoctrination Session “Candidate Reception,” here:
- Your “success” is manufactured; you counsel out students who don’t help test scores, enroll fewer economically-disadvantaged, ELL, and special needs students—and anyone else who might hurt your test scores–and your schools increase segregation in already segregated areas.
- I would never work for a “public school” that refuses to provide special education services for students who need them–and instead tries to send those students back to district schools.
- Your fake “success” comes at the expense of the NYC children whose public schools are starved because of the presence and colocations of Success Academy charters.
- That you boast of your “success”—knowing full well that you don’t serve the same populations as do district schools—makes your claims even more despicable.
- Your “zero tolerance” discipline policies are abusive and disproportionately affect minority children.
- I would never work for anyone who thinks it’s okay to shut down 22 schools, load students and teachers onto buses, and force them to participate in a political rally.
- I’m an advocate of public education; your “public charter schools” are not public—especially since a judge ruled they can’t be audited after you sued to keep NY State Controller Thomas DiNapoli away from your books. What a joke.
- And no wonder you don’t want to be audited: you make $475,000 per year–yet you screamed that you couldn’t pay rent to use city-owned buildings for your (not) “public” charter schools.
- I would never teach in a setting where the focus on test prep borders on child abuse.
I also just read you “might run for mayor some day“–mostly so you can expand your empire. Good Lord. I’m sorry for all the kids who will be left behind if you somehow get control of NYC.
Anyway, please accept this post as my RSVP to your invitation–and PLEASE stop preying upon the public school teachers in New Jersey who are working hard to fight the destructive policies you promote.
Oh, and finally: do not ever email me at my place of work again. Ever.