Brooklyn Parents, Education Advocates Take Legal Action Against Proposed Charter School

By: NY1 News

Parents and education advocates on Wednesday announced a lawsuit over a controversial charter school in Cobble Hill.

They say the SUNY Board of Trustees did not authorize the Brooklyn Success Academy to open in a building that already houses three schools.

The suit names the charter school’s trustees, the Department of Education and Success Charter Schools’ CEO, Eva Moskowitz.

Parents say having four schools share one building will have a negative impact.

“Makes me so furious to think that whatever Eva wants, Eva gets, and what happens is that our children just get pushed to the side, shunted to a terrible overcrowding situation,” said one parent.

“This school, in its present incarnation, serves the needy. Bringing a charter school in here to co-locate, taking up a third of the classrooms, sabotages that effort,” said another.

A spokesperson for the Success Academy Charter Schools says there is overwhelming demand for the school from families in the district, adding, “It’s unfortunate that a few adults intent on protecting the status quo would sue to sacrifice the possibility of a brighter education and future for hundreds of children.”

The Department of Education says it does not comment on possible litigation.

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