Hullabaloo Over Sharing Space To Heat Up Once More

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 04:00 AM

The banners for the Red Hook Neighborhood School and Summit Academy Charter School hang outside the building they share. (Yasmeen Khan)

Some two dozen proposals for fitting (mostly new) schools into buildings with existing schools are up for a vote Wednesday at a meeting that is sure to be contentious.

Just two weeks ago, the Panel for Educational Policy approved 17 school co-locations. But critics said that the Bloomberg administration is plowing ahead with plans too quickly, without community buy-in. Some buildings, they say, don't have space to host an additional school.

What does it mean, logistically, for schools to share space? And is anyone listening to the opposition?

Listen to WNYC's Yasmeen Khan to find out, by clicking the audio player.


Comments [2]

Joanne Theodorou from Manhattan

Now the DOE's dirty little secret is out. It is common practice to place separate schools in one building, which creates nothing but chaos for everyone involved. Everyone is at odds with each other, no is in charge of the overall run of the building ("that's not my job!") so the common areas of these huge building stay filthy, as no one know really is in charge of anything. School principals are hardly movers and shakers, they are not out to rock the world, they would far prefer to be the good government worker and accept whatever is handed them by other good government workers.
I am a retired teacher, and the last school I worked in had FOUR schools in one building, it was dizzying. I had to make a "classroom" within the physical and occupational therapy room ... how do you keep kids focused on a lesson when an active physical therapy class is occurring around them? So now we not only share schools, we share classrooms and NO ONE is going to say a word, too concerned with keeping a job and a low profile, and NOT be labeled a trouble maker. Such a disservice to the kids, they surely deserve to take some pride in their school and locale, they need that identity. I hope someone honestly addresses this serious situation, and this is not mere lip service.

Oct. 30 2013 11:12 AM

The true legal status of "charter schools" seems foggy.

They use public property, get public funds but private funds they receive don't get put into the common, larger budget to help other schools in the city.

Since there have been instances reported elsewhere that private schools have been effectively converted to religious institutions, e.g., Kiryas Joel & in some Red states, we may need clearer rules for utilization, rental & municipal abandonment of the Public Common Resources.

Oct. 30 2013 10:52 AM

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