Success Academy Celebrates Victory after a Long-Running Dispute with the City

Success Academy was among the charter schools that won a victory after a long dispute with New York City. The state’s appeals court ruled out that the city does not have any jurisdiction to control pre-kindergarten programs in any charter school. The dispute began in the year 2015 when Success Academy introduced pre-kindergarten programs in three of their schools under the universal prekindergarten program in the city, and the schools refused to sign a contract. The city held that all students are entitled to undergo through the programs to ensure consistency of education quality, but Success Academy said that the contract provided was violating the state law. They argued that the state law gives the authorizers of charter schools the sole right to control and oversee the schools’ operations. The authorizer of the Success Academy, in this case, is the State University of New York. The city then refused to pay Success Academy amounts for prekindergarten programs, and the charter schools went to State Education Department to seek for help. Apparently, in the year 2006 a ruling by MaryEllen Elia, the state education commissioner stated that charter schools could only be paid after they sign the contract. This decision by…