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01-09-2015, 09:08 PM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150108/lower-east-side/lower-east-side-success-academy-delayed-for-2-years-officials-say) by Lisha Arino:

Success Academy does not plan on opening a new charter school in the Lower East Side or the East Village for at least another two years, officials said.

The charter school network — which had announced plans in October to launch an elementary school in the area — deferred its request for space from the Department of Education, according to the charter network's spokeswoman. She did not elaborate on the reasons for Success Academy's decision.

The original decision to open a Success Academy drew outrage from parents, politicians and advocates.

Success Academy’s abrupt turnaround prompted the DOE to cancel a Thursday evening public hearing the night before it was scheduled to take place, according to an email the DOE sent to local officials.

“In light of the fact that the DOE is not planning to site a school in District 1, tomorrow’s hearing has been canceled,” it read.

The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The DOE scheduled the Jan. 8 hearing after elected officials, education advocates and parents learned that Success Academy planned to open a school without public input in District 1, which covers the East Village and the Lower East Side.

Success Academy had originally planned to open a school in neighboring District 2, which runs from the Financial District to the Upper East Side, and received a charter from SUNY Charter Schools Institute to open in that area, according to a SUNY spokesman.

However, the charter school chain decided to open in District 1 and filed an application to change the school's location, records show. Success has not withdrawn that the application, records show, and it has not been approved by the state, according to SUNY spokeswoman.

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