Merrow asked her directly if she juiced her test scores through suspensions.
Moskowitz turned all sorts of red and sputtered in response:
JOHN MERROW: Do you ever use out-of-school suspension as a way to persuade parents that…
EVA MOSKOWITZ: No. No. We don’t suspend in order to boost our academics. Like, that’s just crazy talk.
JOHN MERROW: But our sources, including several public school principals, quite a few former Success Academy parents, and one person inside her organization, charge that is exactly what she does, repeatedly suspend certain kids to push them out. However, none of these critics were willing to publicly confront Moskowitz.
EVA MOSKOWITZ: Well, the numbers just don’t support that, John. I mean, what you get is what you see, which is suspending kids doesn’t lead to high attrition rate. That is what the data shows.
JOHN MERROW: In fact, the attrition rate is at least twice that of another major charter network, KIPP. A Success Academy representative told thaws for every 100 new students, at least 10 leave before the year’s out, most of them in the first few months. They are then replaced by students chosen from the waiting list.
Watch the video and count the shades of red Moskowitz turns - it's kinda fun.
I never thought her supposed flirtation with running for mayor was ever real for this very reason - had she run for mayor, Success Academy would have gotten a lot of scrutiny that neither Eva nor the hedge fund sugar daddies who support her are used to.
Merrow challenged her fairly, substantively, with data to back his challenge up.
To cry foul.
Like all bullies, Moskowitz can dish it out but can't take it.
Had she run for mayor, she would have gotten a lot worse than what Merrow gave her - and clearly, she isn't able to take it.