Success Academy CEO rips Trump in email to parents, staff – New York Post

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The CEO of the Success Academy charter schools forcefully distanced herself from President Trump in a Thursday note to parents and staff.

Citing Trumps response to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Eva Moskowitz, who had aligned herself with the president over his pro-charter stance, ripped him in the message, which was emailed out to parents, and said she should have publicly denounced him earlier.

His comments have left many in our community feeling unsafe and uncertain about their place in society, Moskowitz said.

Its one thing to have a President with whose politics you disagree; its another to have a President who doesnt even seem to care about your welfare.

The repudiation comes after a period of guarded and politically perilous engagement between Moskowitz and the Trump camp.

While the lifelong Democrat voted for Hillary Clinton, Trumps vocal endorsement of charter school growth compelled some measure of collaboration and Moskowitz was even considered for education secretary at one point. She later endorsed his selection of Betsy DeVos for the post.

The Success Academy architect met with Trump after the election and gave a school tour to his daughter, Ivanka. A subsequent hosting of House Speaker Paul Ryan at a Harlem campus drew a block long crowd of jeering protesters and underscored Moskowitzs fraught political dilemma.

Those overtures offended many in largely Democratic New York City including some charter backers who deemed anything but blanket condemnation of the new administration as inadequate.

Moskowitz , a former city councilwoman from Manhattan, had been largely silent on Trumps turbulent presidency in recent months.

But in the wake of Charlottesville and a damaging racial gaffe by Success Academy board chairman Dan Loeb, Moskowitz aimed to thoroughly sever any associations with the Trump administration.

As I explained when I announced that I was turning down a potential opportunity to serve as Secretary of Education, I voted for Hillary Clinton and was sorely disappointed she didnt win, Moskowitz wrote. I am a Democrat and disagree with virtually all of President Trumps policy positions including those on healthcare, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, immigration, global warming, gun control, and tax reform.

I chose not to speak publicly about these disagreements, however, because I feel my responsibility as CEO of Success Academy is not to advance my personal beliefs on a broad range of political issues but instead to focus all of my energies on advocating for our kids and public policies that expand educational opportunity and parent choice, she wrote.

Moskowitz said her muted approach was wrongly interpreted as tacit support and that pre-existing charter school nemeses seized onto the perception to harm the sector as a whole.

In retrospect, I should have been more outspoken so that no one would possibly think that either Success Academy or I was tacitly supporting President Trumps policies, which are contrary to the values of respect, caring, and concern that are central to our mission, she said.

The missive made no mention of the controversy over Loeb, who used racially inflammatory language to rip state Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins as beholden to politically potent teachers unions.

Meanwhile, hypocrites like Stewart-Cousins who pay fealty to powerful union thugs and bosses do more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood, Loeb wrote in a Facebook post that he later deleted.

In a prior note this week, Moskowitz condemned Loebs language but said entrenched charter foes were unfairly latching onto the debacle in order to malign Success Academy and its mission.

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