No segregated schools in Williamsburg/Greenpoint!
  • Petitioned SUNY Board of Trustees

This petition was delivered to:

SUNY Board of Trustees
SUNY Charter School Institute
Ken O'Brian
Office of Portfolio Planning
SUNY Board of Trustees

No segregated schools in Williamsburg/Greenpoint!

    1. Williamsburg Greenpoint
    2. Petition by

      Williamsburg Greenpoint

      Brooklyn, NY

Citizens of the World is proposing two charter schools for Williamsburg/Greenpoint that are poor replicas of our existing neighborhood public schools. We have read these proposals line by line. CWSNY1 and CWSNY2 offer nothing different or unique. Our diverse neighborhood public schools enjoy superior programming and curriculum.

Williamsburg and Greenpoint's neighborhood elementary schools, including our eight magnet elementary schools, are under-enrolled. Accepting these two proposals will do a profound disservice to our educational landscape by siphoning middle class families out of the schools that are currently servicing them well, re-segregating our only recently diverse schools, and ensuring socio-economic and racial isolation in the schools that most desperately need diverse families.

These two proposals were written with a reckless lack of consideration for our community and reflect how little Citizens of the World knows and cares for our neighborhood, its history, and our neighborhood families. CWSNY1 and CWSNY2 have nothing to do with providing “high-quality public school options for families,” and everything to do with politics.

The SUNY Board of Trustees that authorizes charter schools in NYC must listen to the real stakeholders; the families and community based organizations who are intimately involved with our local schools. These proposed schools are redundant, wasteful and dangerous to our community.

We want our children in class together.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 350 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Christa Ferrick-Fitts NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Why open more schools when the local schools need more students? Charter schools are messing up our public school system and separating students when the diversity is what our schools need to help grow our children into compassionate, well rounded, worldly adults.

    • Gregory Lopez BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing the petition in support of WAGPOPS.

    • Joseph Ciorciari WATERVLIET, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Make no mistake, charter schools are based on agenda-driven corporatism; designed to bust teachers unions and farm out 'teaching' to lesser experienced instructors armed with an academic agenda crafted by the owners. Dangerous ground.

    • Gretchen Gnaedinger BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      PS 84 is a great school and will grow to occupy all of the building. My older son was at a scholl in Manhattan that shared a building. All kinds of problems arise when schools share buildings. One school, one principle, one building - this creates the best managed education with the most access to gyms, theaters, playgrounds, lunchrooms etc. for the children

    • Ruby Wara-Goss BERKELEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Charter schools are a larger neoliberal strategy of privatizing the public sector, including our public school system. Like previous commentators noted, we already have good public schools in place and I do not consent to having my tax dollars allocated to private charter school management.


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