Charter School Push in N.Y. Grows

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The rancor that has followed former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz's attempts to open charter schools across New York City is coming to a place that hasn't experienced it before: a middle-class neighborhood outside Manhattan.

Public school teachers and parents filled the basement of a public library Saturday to oppose Ms. Moskowitz's latest attempts to open one of Success Academy Network's schools in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn.

The meeting—intended to distribute information to curious parents—was marked by yelling and heckling, said parents who attended.

It is among three Success Academy schools slated to open in Brooklyn next fall. Cobble Hill represents Ms. Moskowitz's latest attempt to attract middle-class parents after winning a fight this summer to open Upper West Success Academy on West 84th Street.

"There's nothing that says charter schools are created exclusively for the poorest kids in the city," Ms. Moskowitz said. "The bulk of our energies are devoted to kids and families with the smallest number of choices, and we will continue to make that our priority. We just believe that families who have more choices but not enough choices—namely the middle class—deserve options too."

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