Archive for the ‘Hearings’ Category

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

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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. 

Thanks to Janine Sopp of the Grassroots Education Movement!

Here’s to everyone being ready to OCCUPY THE DOE!

On Thursday, Feb. 9th, at 6pm, the NYC Panel for Education Policy (PEP)will vote to approve/reject proposed phaseout of PS19, the Roberto Clemente School. Join us at Brooklyn Technical High School 29 Fort Greene Place Brooklyn, NY 11217

Tomorrow,  Feb. 9 (Thurs) is the Panel for Education Policy Meeting that will call for a vote to close or phaseout approximately 60 schools.  A concern for the Southside Community Schools Coalition, of course, is the future of PS 19, the Roberto Clemente School, which is slated for ‘phaseout’.  SCSC members and the community are mobilizing to attend the PEP.

But let us not forget that our District 14 Community Education Council is bound by protocol to continue with their regularly scheduled Monthly Meeting tomorrow.  We encourage those D-14 parents, PA/PTA officers, school staff and community members to attend the CEC meeting, if they cannot attend the PEP Meeting in Ft. Greene.

There’s even a special Guest for the evening:Carrie Marlin, of the DOE Office of Portfolio [they are the DOE department that brings us new schools, school phaseouts and co-locations].

WHEN: Thurs, Feb. 9, 2012

TIME: 6pm-8pm

WHERE: Juan Morel Campos School, 215 Heyward (btw. Harrison & Marcy)

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The Panel for Education Policy (PEP) will be voting on whether or not to phaseout (close? transform?) Los Sures’ beloved Roberto Clemente School, PS 19.

WHEN:  Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012; 6pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

The Southside Community Schools Coalition will be MOBILIZING the community to attend this crucial hearing. Stay tuned for how to join us at this critical venue!

But wait!

Speak up now!  The public comment period is still open.  Oral and written comments regarding the proposed PS 19 phaseout will be accepted until February 8, 2012 at 6:00PM. Call or email Carrie Marlin of the NYC DOE: Carrie Marlin D14Proposals@schools.nyc.gov or (212) 374-0208.

To learn more about the NYC DOE’s plans for the PS 19 phaseout, read this document.  Click here for the Spanish version.