- Oct 28, 2013View SourceAll Co-locations Must Not Be Voted On Until Further Reveiw of All Matters of Public and Educational Concerns Are Addressed.
Our Co-location proposal to will upset and take away the same services IS171 stands to lose, funding, space,....
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Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:29:59 -0400
Subject: [nyceducationnews] FW: ADVISORY: Today, 4PM, Controversial Co-Location Plan at IS 171 in BK Sparks Outrage Protest Outside DoE
From: Julian Vinocur [mailto:julianvinocur@...]
Sent: Monday, October 28, 2013 12:26 PM
Subject: ADVISORY: Today, 4PM, Controversial Co-Location Plan at IS 171 in BK Sparks Outrage Protest Outside DoE
Media Contact: Rob Abbot, roba@..., 347 262-3510
Controversial Co-Location Plan Sparks Outrage, Affected Parents, Students, Teachers at Brooklyn Middle School to Protest Outside DoE
Demand Immediate Withdrawal of Proposal at IS 171, Say DOE is Jeopardizing Successful Program for High-Needs Students
**TODAY Monday, October 28th, 4PM outside DoE, 52 Chambers St. NY, NY**
WHAT: Students, parents and teachers will protest outside of the Dept. of Education on Monday, two days ahead of the Panel for Educational Policy vote to co-locate a new middle school at IS 171 in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn; a neighborhood already heavy-hit by the Bloomberg administration's school closing and co-location policies. The plan has been met with huge opposition, as it threatens to disrupt the DOE’s own pilot High School Choice counseling program at IS 171 despite the program's success.
WHO: Parents, students, and teachers from I.S. 171 and supporters from Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC), and the Cypress Hills community.
WHEN: Today, Monday, October 28th at 4pm
WHERE: Department of Education, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street, Manhattan
BACKGROUND: The DOE is proposing a co-location of a new middle school at IS 171. 560 students, teachers and parents, united in opposition, attended the PEP hearing at IS 171 on October 8th . The IS 171 community is bringing their opposition to this co-location to Tweed for the following reasons:
1) IS 171 is making academic progress with the general student population and the large numbers of ELL students (21%) and students with IEP (13%) according to the Department’s Education Impact statement and the school progress report which show steady gains and a positive shift in social environment. IS 171 is a true “community school” where 300 students a day are served in the afterschool program, and 175 young people and parents are involved in evening and weekend educational and weekend programs such as ESOL classes. The partnering community-based organization, CHLDC, has attracted significant government and philanthropic support for extended learning time programs.
2) The co-location of another school would disrupt the DOE’s own plans to pioneer the Middle School Student Success Center (MSSSC) in the building. The Success Center just opened with the DOE’s help and currently adult counselors and trained youth leaders are assisting 8th graders through the complex high school choice process. The goal is that students will make better choices that will support their success in college and life, and that the partnership between the Center and the school will drive changes in the school’s curriculum and support services so that more Regents level courses, foreign language and performing and fine arts instruction are being offered, making our students more competitive for specialized high school. The co-location of another middle school in the building will significantly disrupt these plans – - reducing the size of the school’s budget (forcing us to decrease the variety of course offerings) and downsizing our dedicated teaching staff.
3) The IS 171 building does not offer students the basic facilities they need now for a high quality education and is ill-suited for a co-location. Over ten years ago, parents successfully advocated with the DOE to end the co-location of PS 7 in the IS 171 building; a co-location that resulted in extreme overcrowding. IS 171 does not have a gym or science labs; art or dance studios; or girls and boys bathrooms on each floor. The school uses every inch of our current space for classrooms, support services and small group instruction.