Success Academy Makes Access to Education Easy For All

Success Academy is the largest free charter school network in New York, and it aims to make access to education reachable and affordable for all children regardless of their background. Eva Moskowitz founded it in 2006, and since its establishment, it has opened many charter schools in New York.

 

Unlike other district schools, which could be selective, Success Academy offers space to all state children, including those with disabilities. The admissions are once every April. Success Academy enrollment is an effortless activity, and it only takes parents few minutes to complete the whole application process. However, when the number of applying students exceeds the number of available spaces, the random rotary is done, and the lucky students are admitted.

 

In fact, around 76 percent of the students come from low-income families with 8.5 percent of them being English language learners and about 15 percent being special needs students. Also, around 93 percent of the total population of students comprises of children of color, and this explains why success Academy has helped many African-American children.

 

Accountability

 

Success Academy is authorized to oversee all the activities concerning its operation and performance. It has a responsibility to formulate policies that will enhance effectiveness in the learning process, teaching process, and parent’s satisfaction. Ensuring students are receiving a high-quality education is among the primary aims of Success Academy. Therefore, this learning institution has a stronger accountability to its actions than the other district schools.

 

All the charter schools are not only accountable to parents and the community, but also the state government. Thus, after every five years, they are subject to review to determine whether or not they are worth to continue operating. Success Academy is not an exceptional, and thus it strives to implement policies that will avail the best learning environment to the students.

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James “Big Jim” Larkin

“A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay”

At a period in the early 20th century, workers from the United States to Ireland organized protests and strikes. During this time, people were excessively worked and grossly underpaid. The conditions for many workers was dangerously unsanitary, toxic, and hazardous. Even children worked alongside their parents in factories and other job sectors.

It was a time when everybody participated in the labor movement—even the children protested in the streets. People were angry because they were underpaid, overworked, and people were starving and were poorly housed. Many social activists and leaders came forth, and one of those figures was James “Big Jim” Larkin, who famously said: “A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.”

Furthermore, Larkin was at the forefront of the labor movement as an activist and trade union organizer during the early 1900s in Ireland. Before that, he worked as a docker, sailor, and a foreman. As a child, Larkin contributed financially after school to his family, including working as an apprentice at the firm where his father worked before he died.

Larkin’s socialism was fostered from his experiences growing up in the slums of Liverpool and having little formal education, which allowed him to recognize the struggle and pressures faced by those in poverty. While he worked as a docker, the urgency of the issues facing workers loomed over Larkin, prompting him to join the National Union of Dock Laborers (NUDL.) From here in 1905, he became a full-time trade union organizer which would mark a turning point for Larkin and the labor movement.

Moreover, union organizing was an effort to attain fair pay for workers, and Larkin was successful at uniting workers to demand their rights. Throughout Ireland, Larkin campaigned and organized strikes to incite revolution for all workers, but he met his end with the NUDL when differences in leadership became an issue with Larkin and others.

Consequently, the NUDL tried Larkin for embezzlement of funds for helping workers in Cork, and he served three months in prison. His prison conviction marked him with a criminal record, which affected him from claiming a seat in the Dublin Corporation.

To get back to helping workers, Larkin formed his own union known as the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU.) In fact, the union grew from 5,000 to about 15,000 members during this time. Larkin then created a newspaper The Irish Worker and the People’s Advocate to discuss the issues facing workers. Learn more about Jim Larkin:  http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison

Within four years, the newspaper was suppressed, but that didn’t keep Larkin stifled because he joined forces with James Connolly to establish the Irish Labor Party. Larkin’s proposition was for workers to demand much of what we have as citizens today: 8-hour work days, unemployment benefits, and retirement benefits.

To achieve this, Larkin initiated campaigns through “sympathetic strikes” and boycotting goods to send a message to corporations (such as Guinness and other employers) to adhere to the list of demands of their employees. These campaigns lasted for seven months with 100,000 workers on strike, which became known as the Dublin Lock-out of 1913. In Irish history, the Dublin Lock-out has been regarded as the most significant industrial dispute because it led to the right of fair employment.

Subsequently, Larkin gave talks in the United States for the same efforts, but was convicted in New York for suspected involvement in criminal anarchy and communism. Larkin’s conviction led to him being deported back to Ireland. Coming back to Ireland, Larkin sustained his popularity and continued to immerse himself in the labor movement. Later, Larkin made efforts to help fix housing problems in Ireland—even falling through the floor of the Workers’ Union of Ireland (WUI) Thomas Ashe Hall while supervising for the repairs. Shortly afterward Larkin died in a hospital.

Following Larkin’s death at the age of 71, Larkin’s legacy lived on through literature, songs, monuments, and has a road named after him in Liverpool where he was born. Now in a time where people are still overworked and underpaid, we all yearn for other leaders like James Larkin that will encourage everyone to stand up against corporations and demand their basic human rights.

Read more:

Jim Larkin – Biography
The Definite Biography of Big Jim Larkin

Fabletics – Taking Over the Athleisure Market in Style

Fabletics is one of those brands that have helped propagate the culture of leading an active and healthy lifestyle. The unique and designer athleisure products and gear offered by the company is second to none and is high-quality yet affordable, unlike many other popular brands out there. It is what has helped the company to give its biggest of competitors like Amazon a tough run to continue to hold its dominating position in the athleisure business. Fabletics has consistently been achieving new heights of success since its inception in 2013, and there are many reasons why the company has become a familiar name in the fitness world in such a short span.

 

 

One of the key reasons is that the management and leadership of Fabletics played their marketing and business strategy well. The company is co-owned by Don Ressler, Adam Goldenberg, and Kate Hudson. The association of Kate Hudson with the brand has helped the firm tremendously in attracting her huge fan base across the globe. One of the reasons why Kate Hudson is successful in propagating the message of leading an active and healthy lifestyle by being the brand ambassador of Fabletics is because of her fitness levels and incredible physique at her age.

 

 

She said that part of the success of Fabletics could be attributed to the fact that there are not many brands out there that provide athleisure products at an affordable price. Kate Hudson said that she was shocked that some of the brands were selling Yoga pants for two to three hundred dollars. Kate Hudson stated that it is not possible for everyone to afford such high amounts, and this is the void that Fabletics aim to fill with its high-quality yet affordable products. The customers also get a chance to get further discounts through the VIP membership, which allows the customers to buy three products from the company every month at a discounted price.

 

 

Moreover, Fabletics would send the member a mail with the personalized collection of items they can choose from. The items would be matched with the customers as per their taste, preference and color choices preferred. Fabletics also implemented the reverse showroom technique successfully and had 18 stores across the nation, which is also a contributing factor to the company’s success. For women considering becoming the VIP members of Fabletics, taking the Lifestyle Quiz at the business’s site is highly recommended. It gives you an idea of how the company offers a personalized shopping experience to its customers.

Groups Who Fight for Equal Rights for the Vulnerable and the Bravery of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

Groups who advocate for civil, migrant and human rights are typically those who fight to protect such rights when the government threatens to eliminate them. One of the most well-known ones is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU fights to maintain the inclusion of immigrants, minorities and any other vulnerable groups into the Constitutional rights. They work on both the individual and collective level. Read more: Phoenix New Time

Anyone who feels that their rights were violated in places such as airports may personally file a report with the ACLU. The ACLU makes it a point to be keenly aware of rights regarding everything from workplace drug testing to LGBT. As a result, the ACLU is considered to be one of the leading organizations in the field of civil rights in the U.S.

Organizations like the ACLU believe in seeing everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, as equally human. As a result, literally everyone deserves to live the same Constitutional Rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Among these rights include that of Freedom of speech, Freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, Freedom of assembly, and, last but not least, Freedom of the press.

On a more personal level, co-founders of the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have used their settlement money to fund migrant rights throughout the state of Arizona.

On October 18, 2007, they were arrested for revealing grand jury information in the article, Grand Jury Targets New Times and Its Readers and other articles containing information about Sherriff Joe Arpaio’s abuses of Constitutional rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

In the article, they accused authorities, particularly Sheriff Arpaio and special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik, of targeting them with grand jury subpoenas to illegally profile their readership beginning on New Year’s Day, 2004. Arpaio and Wilenchik were supposedly trying to weed out illegal groups such as illegal immigrants, Mexican drug cartels, turf disputes, etc. in that way.

Lacey and Larkin ended up spending a night in jail on a misdemeanor charge as a result. Lacey and Larkin received a $3.75 million settlement from Sheriff Arpaio as a result of that incident.

Larkin and Lacey’s fund is called the Frontera Fund. Aside from migrant rights, they also fund organizations that advocate for maintaining the Freedom of Speech and the right to civic participation for everyone. The latter strives to include the Mexican border.