News Charter school founder Eva Moskowitz says she won't run for NYC mayor Eva Moskowitz, the founder of the Success Academy charter school system, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, ended speculation that she would challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio for his position. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert By EMILY NGO firstname.lastname@example.org @epngo Updated October 8, 2015 5:23 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The founder of a powerful charter school network who has long been at odds with Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday ended speculation that she would challenge him in the next election. "I am not running for mayor in 2017," Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools, said at a news conference on the steps of City Hall. "My decision is not based on my estimation of winnability. Politics is a pretty unpredictable thing." As she spoke, protesters with New York Communities for Change heckled her from across the plaza, denouncing Success Academy for taking contributions from hedge funds. Some complained Moskowitz runs her schools too much like a corporation. "Hey, Eva, Get off it," they chanted. "We're for children over profit." Moskowitz told reporters she wanted to focus on improving public education. "This kind of transformational change may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I believe our kids are worth it," she said. Moskowitz, a two-term City Council member, would not rule out a run in 2021. "I like politics," she said. She has feuded with de Blasio over his plans to rein in the publicly funded, privately run charter schools and focus on traditional public schools. "I don't think that Mayor de Blasio is to blame for the educational crisis," she said. "I do think the mayor has to be held accountable for his solutions." Moskowitz also has tangled with the United Federation of Teachers, and she envisioned yesterday that being the city's chief executive would mean "four years of dueling press conferences" with union president Michael Mulgrew. De Blasio, who has said he will run for re-election in 2017, said at a separate unrelated Queens event of Moskowitz: "She's made her choice," and added that he welcomes other candidates for "spirited debate." The Rev. Michel Faulkner, a Harlem minister and former Jets player, has announced he would challenge de Blasio in 2017, as a Republican. By EMILY NGO email@example.com @epngo Emily Ngo covers the White House and national politics for Newsday, having followed President Donald Trump to Washington, D.C., after following him on the campaign trail. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Pols: State budget deal gives education $1.1B boostWith statewide elections looming, lawmakers have agreed to a state budget that will boost education spending by $1.1 billion, or 5 percent, for the 2014-15 fiscal year -- the most generous single-year increase in recent years. De Blasio cheers $300M from state for pre-KMayor Bill de Blasio found reasons to cheer Albany's budget deal Saturday, but charter school ... De Blasio, Cuomo hint at compromise in pre-K fundingMayor Bill de Blasio Monday signaled new flexibility in his uphill fight to secure a ... NY taxpayers to see property tax rebateMillions of New Yorkers will see a property tax rebate and future spending cuts by local governments and school districts under the state budget agreement sealed Saturday. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.