Give NYC parents a voice in school closings and co-locations!
  • Petitioned Hon. Sheldon Silver

This petition was delivered to:

Speaker of the NYS Assembly
Hon. Sheldon Silver
Majority Leader of the NY State Senate
Hon. Dean Skelos
Chair, NYS Assembly Education Committee
Hon. Catherine Nolan
Chair, NYS Education Committee
Hon. John Flanagan
New York Governor
New York State Senate
New York State House

Give NYC parents a voice in school closings and co-locations!

    1. Petition by

      Class Size Matters

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In a recent Quinnipiac poll, almost 6 in 10 New Yorkers believe that that the mayor’s takeover of our schools has been a failure, while only 1 out of 8 New Yorkers say that mayoral control should continue as currently constituted. More than four times as many New Yorkers believe that in the future, the mayor should share power with an independent body than retain complete control over our schools.

It is time for public school parents, our communities, and our elected officials to have a voice again as to the fate of our children’s public schools, especially when it comes to damaging school closings and co-locations.

We urge the Governor and our legislature to ensure that all proposals to close, phase, truncate or co-locate NYC public schools must be approved by the district Community Education Council in which the school resides. Before taking a vote, the CEC shall solicit advice from the affected School Leadership Team(s), the district Presidents Council, the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council, and the Citywide Council on Special Education and other parent and community organizations. In the case of high schools, the district CEC shall also consider the advice of the Citywide Council on High Schools, in addition to the organizations listed above.

Rationale: Public schools are the lifeblood of our communities. Yet mayoral control, as currently structured, allows one person unilaterally to determine the fate and future of every school and student in this City, irrespective of the views and input of all other stakeholders including parents, students, teachers, community members, and elected officials. Despite damaging effects on NYC students and overwhelming community opposition, the mayor has used this power to close over 100 public schools and proposes to close more than fifty additional schools this year. He has also pushed through many divisive co-locations which have undermined the education students receive, created "separate and unequal" environments, within their own schools and buildings.

Community Education Councils are elected bodies of parents that, according to state law, have the authority to approve or disapprove alterations in school zoning lines. Since school closings and co-locations can radically affect enrollment, it is only logical that these bodies should have the authority to approve or disapprove school closings and/or co-locations. CECs should also have the authority to monitor the shared space agreements to ensure they are properly followed.

Endorsed by Class Size Matters and the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council, 3/8/12.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Tawana Lewis JAMAICA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      The time is now to invest in our future, which is the children.

    • Maureen Kane-Harrison QUEENS VILLAGE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Dissatisfaction with the mayor's disdain toward our childrens' education, as well as toward their teachers and parents.

    • Evelyn Lillis BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Concerned Public School Parent

    • mary jackson BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      the present mayor has taken and/or attempted to take all voice as to what is best for our community and/or children. It is time we are asked before decisions are made and not after everything has been decided.

    • Janis Gibbs BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Hello, I'm signing this petition because I believe that class size matters. Also, I'm a council member of CEC CD16 and I advocate that CEC's should have authority over all that encompass school closing, sitting on PEP's, advocate for a better or quality education for schools, assist communities with issues that resolve around education and budgets cuts.


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