Charter Leader Moskowitz Says She Won’t Run for New York MayorHenry Goldman
Eva Moskowitz, the New York City charter schools executive whose work is championed by hedge-fund managers and other Wall Street executives, said she won’t run against Bill de Blasio in two years.
“I am not running for mayor in 2017,” Moskowitz said at a press briefing on the steps of City Hall as anti-charter protesters backed by the teachers union chanted nearby. “People can shout and boo, but there is work to do.”
She said she would support a candidate who promises to fix what she called a broken education system.
Moskowitz, 51, who often sparred with de Blasio over education policy when both served in the City Council from 2001 to 2005, is founder and chief executive officer of the Success Academy Charter Schools, the city’s largest network of publicly funded, privately operated schools. Since 2006, she has created 34 institutions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx serving 11,000 students.
She closed the schools Wednesday to encourage students and parents to attend a pro-charter rally in Brooklyn. She didn’t speak there, although another potential mayoral candidate, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., did address the crowd.
Moskowitz was considered a possible candidate in part because of her access to wealthy potential donors. Dan Loeb, CEO of Third Point LLC, with $18 billion under management, serves as chairman of the Success Academy. Other board members also have ties to Wall Street, including Suzie Kovner, wife of Bruce Kovner, founder of Caxton Alternative Management LP; John Petry, founder of Sessa Capital; Daniel Nir, fonder of Gracie Capital; and John Scully, a founding partner of SPO Partners & Co., a private investment firm.
For at least three weeks, television ads paid for by a pro-charter group called Families for Excellent Schools have been playing throughout the day on cable and broadcast television stations, accusing the mayor of running a system that dooms children in minority neighborhoods to inferior schools.
“Mayor de Blasio, stop forcing kids into failing schools,” the commercial states.
Administration spokesman Wiley Norvell said that de Blasio was the first mayor to offer every city child all-day kindergarten, and described the attack as “crass.”
After de Blasio won control of City Hall, Moskowitz fought with the mayor over his resistance to charters. The mayor, who has been supported by the United Federation of Teachers, has said such schools take resources from the vast majority of students.