Change.org has a petition. Why this is important:
The education of the students who currently attend public school in the Corlears 056 Campus is in jeopardy. The Department of Education has proposed to co-locate an elementary charter school in a building that already houses three middle schools, a high school and a citywide space science center. We are not opposed to charter schools or this charter in particular. We are opposed to co-locations that will result in the loss of resources for high need students like the ones who currently attend school in the building. The elected officials in the community agree and have drafted a letter urging the DOE to reconsider this plan. By signing this petition you are showing these officials that you support their opposition to this plan and you expect them to follow through on their words. You will also tell the Panel for Education Policy that you expect them to vote down this proposed co-location on March 21, 2012.
I understand this is as local as local gets; as mentioned in my previous post, this is politics in action. We see the interplay between local, state and federal government. The politicians who wrote the letter below are doing their jobs: their constituents are against this initiaitve and are trying to do what they can to convince a mayor who has all but ignored the residents and educators (those who know what’s best for the kids) of the L.E.S.
Take a look at the petition; read through it and read the comments by teachers, educators, parents and students. It will take more than signatures to stop this policy shift, as Bloomberg clearly believes education should be run like a business. But if you are interested, please sign.
NYC is home to the nation’s largest school system. Over 1 million students walk through the halls of the city’s schools. Naturally, there’s a tension between educators and politicians. Because NYC is, well, NYC, sometimes, there’s tension between the Mayor’s office and Congress (in this case, led by Caroline Maloney).
After the break, you’ll see a letter penned by representatives of the Lower East Side to the city’s Department of Education head, Dennis Wolcott, about why it’s a bad decision to bring charter schools into public schools.
This is a bad policy decision for many reasons, as the letter points out. The bigger issue, however, is the Bloomberg Administration’s business approach to education. But it’s interesting to see how a Congresswoman, in conjunction with state representatives work together.