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According to NY1 Education reporter Lindsey Christ, the NYC Department of Education has taken 2 schools off chopping block on the eve of the PEP vote: Harlem’s Wadleigh won’t lose it’s middle school and KAPPA VII (Brooklyn) won’t close.

How will other schools fare before tomorrow’s PEP vote?

UPDATE:  For those who have been working hard with the Southside Community Schools Coalition, consider the analysis provided by gothamschools.org on the reprieve for these 2 schools:

City reverses plans to close Wadleigh middle school, KAPPA VII

Two schools that had faced closure votes this week are being taken off the chopping block.

The Department of Education said today it would no longer seek to close the middle grades of Wadleigh Secondary School of Performing and Visual Arts or the KAPPA VII middle school in Brooklyn. Teachers reported getting the news at the end of the day today, one day before the citywide school board was set to vote ont he closure proposals.

Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the department had made the decision after listening to community input at public meetings and behind the scenes.

“While these two schools continue to struggle, what we learned is that they are also poised to quickly improve,” he said in a statement.

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Community members from Los Sures and beyond are UNITING in the struggle against the NYC Department of Education’s co-location of a Success Academy Charter School into MS50.

The community will not let the DOE paint this struggle as a Southside vs. Northside struggle, or as a Black/Latino vs. White struggle.  This is a community coming together, fighting for self-determination in how our institutions represent us, and in turn shape our neighborhoods. Our children are not a business.  Our schools are not for sale.

Sign the petition asking the DOE to reject the proposed co-location of Success Academy Charter into MS50.

(Spanish translation of petition coming soon!)

Who should come to this meeting?
  • Parents – of children of all ages, schools help shape your children’s futures, and you should have a say in how they do that.
  • Teachers – public school/private school, all education decision-making affects you
  • School Administrators – you lead major community institutions, and the families you serve bring with them the power of other institutions
  • Community members – even if you don’t have children, schools (and what they look like and stand for) affect your community
  • Youth – don’t just go to school to learn history.  Go to school and MAKE HISTORY.
Get informed about what the Southside Community Schools Coalition is fighting for.

 

WHERE: MS 50, 183 South 3rd St. (@Roebling) Brooklyn, NY 11211
TIME: 6:30pm
SUBWAY:  J/M to Marcy Ave. or L to Bedford

 

How will his departure from the charter-granting body affect our struggle against Success Academy Charters invading our neighborhoods?
A prominent academic has resigned from the State University of New York Board of Trustees, one of two groups with the power to approve charter schools, saying the university is approving charters that increase inequality and needlessly divide the community.

Click here for the rest of the article.

In May 2011, Eric Grannis (founder of charter school developer The Tapestry Project…and husband of Eva Moskowitz) wrote an opinion piece in the New York Daily News that potentially lays out the groundwork for an oft-observed Success Academy Network tactic:  recruiting affluent/middle-class families to attend Success Charter Schools that should be targeting higher-needs families (based on location, and district needs).

To encourage diverse charter schools, the laws regarding admissions should be changed. Currently, a charter school must give preference to applicants from the school district in which it is located. But these districts seem designed to maintain segregation. For example, District 4 encompasses East Harlem, a primarily Hispanic area. Its southern boundary separates it from the primarily white upper East Side, while its western boundary separates it from the primarily African-American Central Harlem.

Instead, charters should be allowed to design admissions zones to promote integration. A school on the upper East Side, for example, should be allowed to include East Harlem in its catchment zone.

[SCSC note: And perhaps a school in Los Sures should be allowed to include ___ neighborhood in its catchment zone?]

 

Video courtesy of Grassroots Education Movement

Video Courtesy of Not An Alternative

Williamsburg community unanimously rejects Success Academy charter school from Not An Alternative on Vimeo.