Success Academy Charter Schools was formerly known as Harlem Success Academy. It is a charter school that operates 34 charter schools in New York City. Eva Moskowitz is the CEO and founder of Success Academy. The first Success Academy was opened in 2006 in Harlem. Subsequently, more schools opened in other neighborhoods in New York City. More than 9000 students are now schooling at Success Academy.
The schools record astounding success rates. Success Academy students’ proficiency in English is at 64 percent against New York City kids’ ability of 29 per cent. In Math, the proficiency rates of Success Academy in math is at 94 per cent against NYC rate of 35 per cent. The score is based on the States’ Common Core- oriented examinations. Success Academy students from the poorer communities outperform the ones in the wealthier suburbs.
The impressive results are credited to the teachers according to Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz. She emphasizes on the thorough preparedness and in-depth understanding of the curriculum by the teachers. Success Academy has its unique way of ensuring the preparation of its teachers through the Teacher Success Academy; T-school. The T-school uses the teacher-preparation program designed by Success Academy. Teachers undergo a training session that lasts for four weeks.
Success Academy has a remarkable IT system that provides access to a lot of technology for its teachers. Each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board, and all teachers have the MacBook Pro. Everyone can communicate with each other across the Success Academy network, and this also encourages sharing videos of lessons.
The kindergarten classes each have a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. Across other grades, however, assistant teachers are shared across the categories. Fresh college graduates and inexperienced teachers cannot serve as lead teachers at Success Academy without first serving as associate teachers.
Teachers also spend a significant amount of time engaging with the parents of their students either through e-mails, phone calls, and meetings. Teachers work closely with parents to ensure the work plan is implemented for each student. This cooperation also helps in cases requiring student discipline.
The 2016 election will go down in history as one of the most reprehensible demonstrations of political maneuvering in modern times. The candidates were friends before the election process began in 2015, but the campaign turned them into name calling adversaries. Clinton won the popular vote, thanks to the support she got from Democratic heavyweights. George Soros, the 86-year-old Hungarian-born hedge fund manager, and humanitarian was in Clinton’s corner when the campaign began, and he never left that corner. Soros donated more than $8 million to the Clinton campaign, according to politico.com. George gave another $6 million to other Democratic candidates. He even supported Democrats in attorney general races in six states.
Donald Trump and George Soros knew each other before the campaign started, but they were never friends. Trump is not a Soros kind of guy. Trump is too bold, brazen, and self-centered. Those qualities don’t fit into the Soros playbook. And George has a very big playbook. The number of political groups that Soros plays a prominent role in is not known, but the Democratic Alliance Donor Club on opensocietyfoundations.org is one of the high-profile political groups that Soros founded. The Democratic Alliance met in Washington, D.C. recently to discuss the Donald Trump’s presidency. The DA wants to do all it can to block Trump during his first 100 days in office.
The motivating factor behind George Soros is well-known. Soros is a former refugee, so he knows how important freedom and democracy are. George fled Hungary in the 1940s to escape the Nazis. He has been fighting for people that have been denied their human rights for years through his Open Society Foundation on forbes.com. The Open Society Foundation has spent more than $6 billion of the Soros fortune over the last 40 years spreading Democracy around the world. That’s why Soros is so concerned about a Trump presidency. Trump’s vocal agenda during the campaign steps all over the basic principles of Democracy.
The election is over, but the battle is just beginning. George Soros and other wealthy Democrats will not give up. Mr. Soros is one of the wealthiest people in the world, according to Forbes Magazine, and he’s not afraid to use his wealth to block Trump’s hidden agenda. If Trump cabinet appointments are approved by Congress, Soros knows he has a lot of work to do, but George Soros has never been afraid of hard work. See: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267
There are many ways to promote freedom and individual liberty in the societies that need it the most, and while the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) does not condone violence, they employ a number of other effective methods. With education programs, media productions, legal analyses, and campaigns to free political prisoners,the HRF works tirelessly to uphold and promote a commitment to individual liberty. A commitment that mirrors the passion of the HRF’s founder, Thor Halvorssen.
Halvorssen has experienced the pain caused when individual liberty is ignored as his father was falsely imprisoned as a political prisoner in Venezuela in 1993. His mother was shot and wounded during a political protest in Venezuela in 2004. While these events helped shape his deep passion for freedom, Halvorssen’s fight for human rights began in 1989 as he organized support to oppose South African apartheid. After serving as co-founder and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education from 1999 to 2004, he founded the New York based HRF in 2005.
Halvorssen has produced several films and the HRF has published two books all focused on human rights. His views have appeared in publications such as the The Economist, The Washington Post, The New York Post, and TIME magazine. He has also appeared to give his views on many television outlets, including Fox News,MSNBC,and CNN. Halvorssen, who is of Norwegian and Venezuelan descent, founded and hosts the Oslo Freedom Forum, a gathering of human rights activists from around the world held in Oslo, Norway each year.
Since it’s founding, the HRF has provided briefs in international human rights cases, secured the release of seven prisoners, submitted evidence to Truth Commissions, and secured the release of seven prisoners. All of this work highlights the mission of the HRF, to ensure freedom is preserved and promoted around the world.