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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 >>
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.
Feature stories | May 30, 2013 >>
Harlem Success Academy chief Eva Moskowitz’s planned expansion of her charter network into a Fort Greene school is raising alarm among parents and staff, who say the co-location threatens the music and arts program at the heart of the 6-12 grade school.
News stories | May 30, 2013 >>
A DOE hearing on May 20 on a plan to co-locate a new charter high school in the building of a thriving adult learning center in Harlem drew hundreds of protesting adult students and their supporters as well as several dozen charter-school students and their parents.
Editorials | March 21, 2013 >>
The Department of Education calls the meetings that it holds prior to closing or co-locating schools “public hearings.” But at a real public hearing, the public is heard.
Three members of the Panel for Educational Policy on March 11 challenged their fellow members to defy the mayor and impose an immediate moratorium on all school closings and co-locations until the policy could be reevaluated. But true to form, the panel, dominated by mayoral appointees, dismissed the proposal and voted to approve 22 more school closings and more than two dozen new or expanded co-locations.
The DOE plans to co-locate two schools with Flushing HS, one of the city’s most overcrowded schools. The addition of two new schools is the last thing that the struggling high school needs, parents and teachers said at a recent hearing at the school on the co-location.
Newtown HS parents, staff and students say the planned co-location of another school also targeting English language learners makes no sense for a school on upswing. They call for "one building, one school."