• Petitioned Deputy Chancellor Sternberg

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Deputy Chancellor Sternberg

Keep Bushwick Community High School Open

    1. Jesus Gonzalez
    2. Petition by

      Jesus Gonzalez

      Brooklyn, NY

Dear Deputy Chancellor Sternberg,

I am writing to ask that you grant a waiver to remove 32K564, Bushwick Community High School (BCHS), from among the 33 schools slated for the turn-around model at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

BCHS is a transfer school serving students 17-21 years-old who have had unsuccessful experiences at other high schools in the city. Most students begin at BCHS at the age of 17 or 18, with fewer than 15 credits. Therefore, it is almost impossible to graduate students before their cohort expires. BCHS should not have the standards in the metrics for graduating students at the same timeline as other schools. As a result of the current metrics with which schools are assessed (that does not take into account the unique characteristics of transfer schools) BCHS has been placed on the PLA list.

However, students at BCHS routinely demonstrate improved outcomes over their prior school experience(s). On the transfer school-specific Alternative Cohort, BCHS made AYP for Regents exam performance in the 2010/11 school year. Additionally, the school’s NYC Progress Report highlights much of its success. Compared to the other transfer schools, BCHS is given a 95% for improving student attendance, a 90% for its English Regents pass rate, and a 100% for its Math Regents pass rate. This means BCHS is performing at the top of our peer group of schools in these vital areas. These factors contribute to our grade of “B” for “Student Progress.”

Please work to stop the closing of BCHS by granting a waiver that will allow it to continue to provide such a vital service to students who have been failed by their previous schools. Thank you in advance for your efforts.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Important upcoming events

      Jesus Gonzalez
      Petition Organizer

      April 3rd: Bushwick Community High School, Youth Power Project at MTRNY, El Puente, and Make the Road Action Fund will host an Open Mic; Cafe Malik -- Our Brooklyn. 231 Palmetto Street, 3-6pm

      ***April 18th: The DOE will host a hearing to listen to the community's concerns to come up with a better assessment. Elected Officials are strongly encouraged to attend. 231 Palmetto Street, 6pm***

      April 26th: If Bushwick Community High School is not removed from the list, the Panel for Education Policy will take a vote on it. 6pm, at Brooklyn Tech High School

    3. Reached 500 signatures
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      Jesus Gonzalez
      Petition Organizer

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    5. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Damian O'Connell NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      The Bushwick Community High School performs an invaluable service to the population it serves and to the city. The social cost of changing the nature of the school would disadvantage both. Thank you for your consideration

    • S B Lewis ESSEX, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I know what Michael Powell means when he says this is a good school.

    • lisa hoff BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the school is wonderful, and it's absurd to shut it down.

    • Jennifer Allen BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      students need places to help keep their academic goals alive, not to kill them. Shutting down schools like this is sending a message of failure to future generations.

    • Naima Abdul-Khaliq COLUBMIA, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      It needs to stay open so that the students can benefit from it.


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