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Some Parents Angry Over Plans for New Charter School

Monday, March 16, 2009

Some East New York parents are angry plans to open a charter school in a regular public school building. PS 65 is moving to a new location this fall.

REPORTER: Darma Diaz, a founder of the Cypress Hills Advocates for Education, says there were plans to move some children from PS 108 into the building to alleviate overcrowding. She claims Department of Education officials never notified the neighborhood about its change of heart.

DIAZ: I'm not clear on where the relationship is with DOE and community if something of such significance is being overlooked.

REPORTER: A department spokeswoman says the principal of PS 108 didn't want to split her building into two sites, freeing the way for an Achievement First charter school to open in the location instead. Protests are expected at a hearing on the matter tonight.

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