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(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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In today’s NY Times Education Blog, “SchoolBook” is an article about the disconnect between the will of the people of Staten Island, and how the Staten Island borough rep (mis?)represents the people in her votes on the PEP.

“There’s a saying, ‘you cannot serve two gods,’ ” Ms. Caminiti said. “If you’re appointed by the borough president, you can’t serve the people.”

At issue is the proposed closing of PS14, which is up for PEP vote TOMORROW, Feb. 9th, along with Williamsburg’s PS19 and about 60 other schools facing closure or phaseout.


The Panel for Education Policy is a 13-member body that is entrusted to oversee decision making about NYC public schools (this body replaced what used to be called the NYC Board of Education). Each borough president appoints a representative to the PEP, and the Mayor appoints 8 representatives

The Mayor has direct  influence over 8 of 13 members. Just how much influence?  Well according to the PEP’s own Bylaws:

All members serve at the pleasure of the official who appointed them.


Do you know who YOUR borough’s representative to the PEP is?