Put Children First Before Politics - Renew Opportunity Charter School
  • Petitioned Chanellor Merryl H.Tisch

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Chanellor Merryl H.Tisch
Regent Betty Rosa
Regent Lester Young
Regent Charles Bendit
Shael Suransky
Regent Milton Cofield
Recy Dunn
Senator Bill Perkins
Regent James Cottrell
Regent James Tallon
Assemblyman Keith Wright
Regent Wade Norwood
Regent Roger Tilles
Regent James Jackson
Mayor Mike Bloomberg
Commissioner John King
Regent Robert Bennett
Regent Geraldine Chapey
Regent Anthony Bottar
Regent James Dawson
Regent Kathleen Cashin
Regent Harry Phillips
Regent Christine Cea
Dennis M. Walcott
Marc Sternberg
Cliff Chuang
Sally Bachofer

Put Children First Before Politics - Renew Opportunity Charter School

    1. Petition by

      New York City Parents Union

Opportunity Charter School (OCS) is unique among New York City charter schools because it actively recruits, serves and retains students with special needs. The majority of students at OCS are special education students with Individualized Education Plans. Whereas, most charter schools counsel out and push out special education students in NYC, OCS welcomes them all.

Fact:  OCS scored a "B" on its overall NYC Department of Education progress report.

Fact:  OCS scored a "B" on student progress in the progress report.

Fact:  OCS' overall percentile rank jumped from 16th percentile citywide to 47th.

Fact:  Over 50% of OCS students have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Fact:  OCS was serving a large majority of special education students before the Charter Schools Act of 2010, requiring charter schools to recruit, serve and retain special education students.  OCS never creamed or pushed out any low performing students or students with an IEP.  OCS did not have to be forced by state law to serve all students unlike most NYC charter schools.

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) charter and district school method of evaluating the performance of charter schools, based solely on the school's ability to recruit high performing students, must change. It punishes schools such as OCS and district schools who serve large special needs populations by closing those schools because their students do not score proficient, level 3 and level 4 on the New York State Standardized Tests. When OCS and other district schools serving high needs, special education populations are closed by the NYC Department of Education, the students end up being warehoused at schools which will be slated for closure themselves a year later. These students are setup for failure because they are not high performing, level 3 and level 4. They are given no opportunity to succeed.

OCS must be congratulated for serving all students, not closed.  The OCS charter must be renewed and our high needs, special education students must be given an opportunity to succeed.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • almost 3 years ago
    • Kamara Haynes BRONX, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      A MIDDLE school that is not only making a difference, is inclusive, accountable, safe, and caters to children with an IEP is hard to find.

    • Susan Cremin NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      I feel very strongly that this school needs to be saved.

      • almost 3 years ago

      My son is an example of opportunity charter school improved child, my son is a living testimony, lots of committment to studies and interest unlike before, children of this nature needs this type of charter school for brighter future and i personally is ready to go to any lenght to fight for the existence of this charter school for the interest of majority of children like my son, that learns in an environment that their spirit accepts.




    • Heather Matulewicz BOSTON, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      OCS is a school close to my heart in that one of the best and brightest educators that I know is fighting to hopefully preserve the mission it has so successfully set out to achieve. WIth over 50% of students thriving with the supports of IEPs, it would be a travesty to close the doors and displace students who are finally receiving exceptional education. Research confirms that school transitions are detrimental to a student's confidence and intrinsic motivation. Let's not make our youth feel inadequate by shuffling them around and removing the support system and structural element that allows them to make continual progress. For some this may be their sole structural and

      support system. In my opinion, the "most desirable students" are the ones slipping through the cracks.


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