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News | April 17, 2014 >>

Scores of parents and teachers from Harlem’s long-embattled P811 and PS/MS 149 together with elected officials and community allies rallied outside Department of Education headquarters on April 8 to protest a renewed effort to co-locate a second Success Academy charter school inside their shared school building.

News stories | April 17, 2014 >>

At a time when Chancellor Carmen Farina is calling for more dual language options in the city school system, PS 16's cherished dual language program on Staten Island is increasingly embattled by new schools opening in its building.

News | March 27, 2014 >>

More than 150 parents, educators and community members from PS 149 and P811 gathered on March 10 for a rally backing Mayor de Blasio’s move to halt the expansion of the charter school inside their shared central Harlem school building.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

In a long-awaited decision, the de Blasio administration on Feb. 27 nixed nine of the 49 co-locations hurriedly approved in the waning days of the Bloomberg era.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio takes welcome steps to require greater scrutiny of co-location proposals, schools dealing with co-locations foisted on them during the Bloomberg years continue to pay a price. A case in point is Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts.

Press releases | February 27, 2014 >>

On Feb. 27, the de Blasio administration announced plans to veto nine planned school co-locations for the 2014-15 school year after determining that they would be detrimental to the existing school communities. UFT President Michael Mulgrew applauded the decision but said that local schools and communities deserved more of a real say on how their buildings are used.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

They say lightning never strikes twice, but it has at Andries Hudde MS in Flatbush which for the second time in less than six months has fended off a proposal to co-locate a charter school inside its building.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

After being a revolving door for principals for years, IS 78 in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn has finally settled down under a new principal. Student scores have started to trend upward and safety is vastly improved. That’s why the news that the DOE wants to co-locate a K-4 Success Academy School at IS 78 has rocked the community.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

The stable community at IS 96 is facing an unprecedented threat from the city’s plan to co-locate a Success Academy charter school in its building next fall. Under the co-location, Success Academy would take 27 out of IS 96’s 62 classrooms – almost half the school.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called at an Oct. 2 City Council hearing for all charter schools seeking free space in public school buildings to be required to disclose their financial records, political contributions and other information.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

Brooklyn Theatre Arts HS Principal David Ward once worked for the Uncommon Charter Schools network, which is seeking to co-locate a school in his building. “He told me he was happy they’re coming,” said Chapter Leader Suzanne Nelson. “It’s a massive conflict of interest.”

News | October 7, 2013 >>

Scores of parents, staff and students are expected to turn out at a hearing to oppose a proposal to open an Uncommon Charter School at the Brooklyn Theatre Arts HS in Canarsie.

Testimony | October 2, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before a New York City Council Committee on Education oversight hearing about proposed DOE co-locations.

Press releases | October 2, 2013 >>

The United Federation of Teachers, in a proposed amendment to a City Council resolution, today called for charter schools seeking free space in New York City public school buildings to be required to make public financial data and political donations, along with student demographics, suspension rates, and teacher and student attrition.

Editorials | September 26, 2013 >>

Although he has just three months left at City Hall, Mayor Bloomberg continues to attempt to extend the reach of his failed policies into the next administration.

News stories | September 26, 2013 >>

The Success Academy network’s chief, Eva Moskowitz, expanded into the Washington Irving HS building near Union Square over the vocal and organized protests of UFT members at the building’s six co-located district schools.

News stories | September 26, 2013 >>

More than 600 students, parents, teachers, elected officials and community members from a Staten Island shore neighborhood still recovering from Hurricane Sandy packed a Community Education Council meeting at IS 2 on Sept. 16 to slam plans to have a new district middle school share the school’s building starting next fall.

News | August 8, 2013 >>

Chanting “Fight, fight, fight, education is a right!,” community residents and teachers and parents from District 75 school P 811M, housed in Harlem’s PS 149, held a press conference on July 10 to denounce the expansion of Eva Moskowitz’s Harlem Success Academy inside their shared school building.

News stories | June 13, 2013 >>

Teachers and parents at the Andries Hudde Middle School in Flatbush won a rare victory in late May when the Department of Education was forced to drop its plan to co-locate a charter school inside their building.

Editorials | May 30, 2013 >>

A sad spectacle at a recent public hearing in Harlem shows how the Department of Education’s process for co-locating schools divides communities.

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