Panel Set to Vote on Fate of 25 Struggling City Schools

Monday, January 31, 2011

The fate of 25 low-performing schools hangs in the balance this week as the Department of Education waits for the go-ahead to gradual phase-out and replace those schools beginning this fall.

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Members of New York City's Panel for Educational Policy will hold two public votes -- on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The proposals have sharply divided some communities because many parents and teachers believe their schools should be saved rather than closed.


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Levesque from Larchmont

Improve schools by...
Having much longer school day which will build in study halls and free meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner and group sports.
Shorter vacation in summer --too much is lost in 8 weeks!
Parenting sessions to support parents in their raising of children--( there is a direct correlation between a parent's involvement in the education process and a child's success in school.)
Uniforms to establish an " esprit de corps",
A very early intervention--2 year olds in an Early Start program form six am to seven pm every day.

Feb. 02 2011 09:17 AM

I am a parent of a PS 9 student, who will be affected by the PEP vote on Feb. 3-- the DOE will essentially decide whether or not one elementary school will share a building, resources, etc. with two middle schools for the next three years as MS 571 is (potentially) phased out.

Over the past five years, PS 9 has shown what a community and school leaders can achieve when they work together to ensure that every student receives a good education. (Student performance garnered an A on city progress reports from 2007 to 2009.) Spirit of community is the driving force behind so much of PS 9’s current success but glaringly absent in DOE’s dealings with PS 9. Instead of working with parents, community leaders, and principals in order to come up with a workable plan the DOE has marginalized community involvement.

High on the list of reasons for blocking the DOE’s proposed closure of 19 schools last spring was the failure of the DOE’s Educational Impact Statement to assess the “meaningful” impact that closure or co-location would have on a community. For PS 9, the main concern of the EIS was in demonstrating the ability of our building to accommodate “x” number of students (misrepresenting PS 9’s true projected growth). Is it the building that must perform at “capacity” and not the students? How is that a meaningful assessment?

Feb. 01 2011 09:55 PM
T from Brooklyn from Brooklyn

How did WNYC manage to miss the most important story? The new schools that opened serve the same kids as the young man from Columbus and get better results. I teach at one of those district (NOT charter) schools and we graduate more than 80% of our kids. Phase outs are painful and its worth reporting, but tell the whole story WNYC! For those who dont know whether small schools work, check out this report:

Feb. 01 2011 08:44 AM

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