Moskowitz defends another widely criticized ‘anomaly’ in her schools
For the second time in five months, Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz stood before a crowd of reporters and called a widely condemned problem at one of her charter schools an anomaly. Along the way, she trashed the New York Times, accused its reporters of bias and summoned a series of angry parents and principals to criticize the paper.
"It is really beyond disappointing that we can't seem to get a fair shake from the paper of record," Moskowitz said Friday, after expressing her admiration for "the fourth estate."
In this instance, the offending article was a Times story showing a Success teacher screaming at a child who could not complete a math problem. In October, a press conference was called to address a Times article revealing a "got to go" list of unruly students kept by a Success principal.
"I don't believe that there are systemic problems," Moskowitz said, following the prodding of a reporter.
At both press conferences, Moskowitz insisted in near-identical language she would not throw either employee "under the bus." Both Success staffers in question were reprimanded, but are currently teachers at different Success schools.
Her voice growing louder, Moskowitz said Friday that the teacher in the newly story, Charlotte Dial, has helped "hundreds of children thrive and be successful."
Dial attended the press conference but did not speak. The principal who kept the "got to go" list, Candido Brown, had appeared at October's press conference, where he publicly apologized and wept throughout.
The podium at which Moskowitz and others spoke Friday was affixed with a sign reading: "New York Times: stop bashing teachers."
Teachers and parents called on the paper to end its "witch hunt" against the network.
"This is the tenth time that the New York Times has written with profound bias" about the network, Moskowitz said. "I'm disappointed, I love the New York Times," she added.
The dozens of Success staffers and parents gathered Friday laughed and applauded loudly when the paper was criticized.