NY1 Video/Article:  PEP OKs Five Co-Locations As Group Fights Charter School Expansion

News 12 Video: DOE approves 2 Brooklyn school mergers

Brooklyn Paper: Success’s success! City approves controversial charter’s W’burg bid

NYTimes Schoolbook Blog: Success Charter Wins Approval to Open a Williamsburg School

GothamSchools blog: Supporters, opponents clamor as PEP backs charter co-location

Thanks to Clara Waloff for the amazing photos.

Thanks to all the SCSC, especially those members who took part in the rally & press conference:  Councilmember Diana Reyna’s Office, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’ Office, Advocates for Justice, Alliance for Quality Education, Brooklyn Legal Services,  CEC 14, Churches United, El Puente, First Spanish Presbyterian Church, Grassroots Education Movement, Lutheran Churches – Williamsburg, Occupy DOE, Williamsburg And Greenpoint Parents for Our Public Schools (PS 84, PS132), and more…

And a great many thanks to the El Puente youth and facilitators who worked with city-wide coalitions to bring the youth voice to the forefront!

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But thanks to PEP Member Patrick Sullivan (Manhattan Rep.), who fought for the community’s right to self-determination.

 

The welcome we received at the steps of Ft. Greene Park

For Immediate Release:   Wednesday February 29th, 2012

Contact:  Luis Garden Acosta, 718-387-0404

Public Officials and Major Civic Leaders Break with the Bloomberg Version of Mayoral Control

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Councilwoman Diana Reyna and a host of other public officials and high profile leaders will take the unprecedented step of breaking with the Bloomberg administration control of the public school system. A press conference is scheduled for tomorrow, March 1st, 2012 at 5:00 p.m., Brooklyn Tech High School, 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn NY, (set up at S. Elliot Street and DeKalb Avenue) prior to the Panel on Education Policy (PEP) public meeting at Brooklyn Tech High School at 6pm.

Coming on the heels of a disturbing meeting with public school Chancellor Dennis Walcott, public officials as well as church and community leaders will charge the Chancellor with “Academic Malfeasance” and call for an end to the PEP process that they decry as the antithesis of good government practice.

Church and community leaders of the Southside Community Schools Coalition* will be present to denounce the Bloomberg administration handling of schools as irresponsible, lacking integrity and a failure for District 14 (Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bedford-Stuyvesant) public schools in general, and Williamsburg Southside schools, in particular.

High school students from at least four high schools will rally across the street against the “closed back room dealings” of corporate driven charter networks that do not emanate from the communities they propose to serve, are not accountable to those communities and who are backed by the Mayor’s autocratic rule in the use and abuse of public school space.

Click here for the full Press Release.

Tonight was the 2nd DOE Hearing on Success Academy Colocation into MS50 Williamsburg

Just to re-cap. Due to  ‘clerical error’ on the part of the DOE, instead of relying on the community input generated at the original DOE Colocation Hearing for MS50 (on 01/17/2012), the DOE scheduled the hearing tonight.  THAT original hearing drew several hundred Williamsburg residents who were overwhelmingly AGAINST the Success Academy colocation (fewer than 25 were there in support of the charter).

Tonight’s hearing drew many more hundreds of people, and wouldn’t you know it, there were about 5 busloads of Success supporters – imported mostly from Harlem, with very few Williamsburg-based supporters. And more power to Harlem Success Academy.

But the diversity of Harlem Success Academy’s school community, the success of their academic curricula, the awesomeness of their matching orange shirts – none of that was ever in question. In fact, the whole point of the meeting (one would hope), is that the NYC Department of Education was there to solicit WILLIAMSBURG community input on proposed changes to a WILLIAMSBURG school.  So there is only one question: WHOSE schools?

OUR schools.

(Thanks to SCSC member Janine Sopp of Grassroots Education Movement)

(Thanks to SCSC Member Dennis sinneD for compiling)

Pero mañana, la lucha sigue.

If you’re up late, you can catch up on some mixed reviews from local tv news outlets:

Or you can follow several online sources who are live-blogging from the Panel for Education Policy Meeting at Brooklyn Tech tonight. 

SCSC member organization, Advocates for Justice: A Public Interest Law Firm, is filing a suit against Success Charter Network, on behalf of Cobble Hill Parents.

Backed by a law firm that has battled the Department of Education in court repeatedly over the past year, a group of Cobble Hill parents announced today that they are suing to stop Eva Moskowitz’s Brooklyn Success Academy 3 from moving into their neighborhood.

GothamSchools.org has the story.

Read the full legal petition here.

What lies ahead in the SCSC’s struggle to keep Success Academy Charter out of MS50 in Williamsburg?