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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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(Originally published in Spanish in El Diario, 02/06/2012:–293806-1.html)

(Click link below for the English translation available at

Latinos lament likely loss of Clemente name if P.S. 19 is closed .

On Thursday, the city’s Panel for Educational Policy is expected to approve the closure of P.S. 19. The Department of Education has categorized it as a low-performing school. A number of heated protests and meetings have taken place around the proposed closure.

Aside from stirring debates, the shuttering of schools also seems to do away with their names. P.S. 19 could disappear and be replaced with another school, all in the same building on 325 South 3rd St, in Brooklyn.

But the Roberto Clemente name would not necessarily transfer over.

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Click here for pdf versions of the flier in English & Spanish.

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 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.

Dear Chancellor Walcott,

I write with both outrage and sadness at the Department of Education’s decision to close P.S. 19, the Roberto Clemente School. This move is predicated on the school’s low score on the City’s progress report, which was caused by a shockingly poor commitment to P.S. 19’s performance. In essence, this indifference has choked off the success of P.S. 19. Such tactics are causing pain in our community, as many children and parents face an uncertain future regarding their educational choices. As a result, I am asking that the Department refrain from closing P.S. 19 and instead make a new and stronger commitment to its future…

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