Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
New Charter School in Ed Dept's Lower Manhattan Headquarters Will Be Temporary
Monday, March 14, 2011
After numerous complaints about overcrowding, the city said it will open a new elementary school in Lower Manhattan starting in 2012 in a space residents feared would go to a charter school.
The school will be located in the department of education's headquarters — in the Tweed Courthouse — for three years. City education officials said the school will then find a permanent home — possibly a post office building on Peck Slip.
Officials also said the new Innovation charter school for middle schoolers that was to occupy part of Tweed will spend just one year at the building starting this fall. The chairwoman of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, Julie Menin, called that a victory because residents want to keep Tweed available for regular public school students.
It was during a meeting with Lower Manhattan parents worried about overcrowding that Chancellor Cathie Black made a joke about birth control, and later apologized.