Eva Moskowitz has become a favorite of the Trump White House and the Republican Party.
Speaker Paul Ryan will visit her schools tomorrow.
“House Speaker Paul Ryan is planning to visit a Success Academy charter school in New York City on Tuesday, sources with knowledge of the visit told POLITICO New York.
Ryan’s visit will be the latest in a series of high-profile visits by Republicans to the city’s largest and most controversial charter network. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has visited Success Academy 1 in Harlem, and Ivanka Trump visited the same school shortly after the presidential election in November.
“Success CEO Eva Moskowitz was briefly on a short list to serve as education secretary under President Donald Trump, and Trump has praised the the city’s charters, likely referring to Success, since taking office. One of Success’ top donors, John Paulson, was an adviser to Trump during the campaign.
“The network’s boldface-named visitors and supporters also happen to be unpopular figures in deep blue New York City.
“Moskowitz has expressed interest in running for mayor for years, but her recent affiliation with the leaders of the national Republican party will likely complicate any future bid. She has been attacked by her longtime foes in the city’s teachers’ union, the United Federation of Teachers, for her ties to the Trump administration. Moskowitz has also been criticized by her staff for not speaking out against Trump policies that are unpopular in her schools.
“Ryan is a longtime supporter of charter schools.
“Spokespeople for Success and Ryan did not respond to requests for comment.
“This story first appeared on POLITICO New York on May 8, 2017.”
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