The network, the Success Academy, said that it was submitting applications to the state to open schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. The move comes just two months after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state lawmakers granted charter schools in New York City some of the most generous protections in the country, requiring that the city find space for them or help pay their rent.The provision was passed after Mayor Bill de Blasio denied space to three Success Academy schools, a decision he later reversed, and said he would charge rent to Success and some other charter networks, a shift from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s policy of granting free space to charter schools in public school buildings....Should the applications be approved, the network, run by a former city councilwoman, Eva Moskowitz, would grow to 46 schools, serving more than 15,000 students, making it larger than many school districts. A spokeswoman for the network, Kerri Lyon, said there was “considerable demand” from families in the districts where Success Academy wants to grow and in places with large racial and ethnic achievement gaps. She said that the new proposals did not include precise addresses, but included four new schools that would open in 2015 in Districts 2, 3, 9 and 27, and 10 in 2016 in Districts 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 28 and 30.
According to another NY Times article, Moskowitz has never been turned down by SUNY:
A charter school network’s plan to double in size over the next few years could reignite a war over classroom space in New York City, only this time with the ground rules already tilted against the mayor.
A new state law passed in April gives the city just two options to meet the demands of the Success Academy network: It can hand over free space in public or private buildings, or give the schools money to find their own space.
If the SUNY Charter Schools Institute approves her applications — it has never turned her down — the focus would shift to the city. The new law — Section 2853 of New York’s education law — gives the city the option to offer a charter school space within the school system, or other public or private space, at the city’s expense.
The only good news in all of this?
The more schools Eva pushes through, the closer they get to the charter cap:
Now there are 183 charters schools in the city, serving about 70,000 students, and another 27 are approved to open by 2015.State law caps the number of charter schools in New York City at 256, which leaves only 46 more to be authorized, said James Merriman, chief executive of the New York City Charter School Center.“We’ve seen in the past that when the number gets below 50, there is a definite rise in anxiety among would-be charter operators about when the state will run out of charters to give,” Mr. Merriman said. “As long as there is demand from parents, and as long as the charters that are being created are of high quality, I consider it a very healthy phenomenon.”
If Eva gets her 14 new schools from SUNY, that leaves 32 slots left for charters.
Now I'm sure Eva and her minions just tell the other charter entrepreneurs and operators that they shouldn't worry about getting close to the cap, they'll just get the cap raised in another year or so.
And that's probably true, especially with charter school lobbyist Andrew M. Cuomo as governor.
But at some point, the rest of the charter operators, many of whom already dislike Eva and her Success juggernaut, are going to see her as a bigger enemy than anything else and take aim at her.
Moskowitz is growing too big too fast with too much money and power in her hands for there not to be a backlash against her - some of which comes from her own charter "allies."