WHOSE schools? OUR schools!

Posted: February 17, 2012 in Charter School Co-Location, Hearings, MS 50, Success Academy Charters

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.

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