This is a petition primarily for NYC parents, teachers and concerned citizens, directed to charter school authorizers in NY State and their affliated offices.
In NYC, our public schools are increasingly overcrowded, a crisis made worse by the insistence of the NYC Department of Education to continue placing charter schools in our district school buildings. This has led to class size increases, the loss of art rooms, science labs, libraries, and preK programs, as well as special needs children receiving their services in hallways and in closets in our district schools.
This petition is to urge the the SUNY board of trustees, the State Education Department, and the Board of Regents, along with their advisers, not to approve any more charter schools in NYC, unless they have a plan to be located in their own space, separate from our existing overcrowded public school infrastructure.
Please feel free to add or subtract from the message below, and/or add details about the overcrowding in your own child's school or district.