Eva Moskowitz founded the charter school project, Success Academy Education Institute, to revolutionize a national educational system she saw as Success broken. The founder took to the internet to show her system to the public. On YouTube she showed viewers the web-based lesson plans and other types of online educational material used. She is extremely optimistic about the future of this project and its ability to revolutionize U.S. education. Eva Moskowitz had envisioned the work for some time, but really commenced work on the project in April 2016 after raising $35 million at a fundraiser.
Moskowitz is no newbie to the charter school founding game. She began her educational career by earning a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and then a Ph.D. in American History from John Hopkins University. As a member on the New York City council’s education committee. It was during these years that she became convinced that the education system was broken and was in need of big changes. In 2006 she began to make these changes herself by first founding the Harlem Success Academy, which is today considered one of the top charter schools in the country. In 2008, she opened three more. She hopes to open many more in the following years.
Moskowitz was a strong supporter of Donald Trump appointing Betsy DeVos to the position of Education Secretary. Devos has a history of being one of the biggest proponents of charters and school choice. Moskowitz’ entire educational platform has been primarily founded on these two things. She definitely has confidence in DeVos’ ability to further revolutionize the education industry for the better. Unfortunately, she is in the minority among education professionals, especially public school professionals, who see Devos’ appointment as decidedly detrimental to the national educational environment.