DOE Meeting Update: We Were Heard & We Are Proud
May 21, 2015 — On Wednesday, May 13th WeArePS8Too made its presentation to the DOE and proved there IS room at P.S. 8 for the 6th Kindergarten section. Wait-listed and accepted families stood in unity and expressed our commitment to our community, devotion to our children and support for P.S. 8.
A full recap can be found HERE:
Special thanks to Principal Rawlins for hosting us at P.S. 287, the District 13 CEC for its support, DOE representatives Executive Director of Space Planning Thomas Taratko and District 13 Superintendent Barbara Freeman, Councilmember Stephen Levin and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. Even Comptroller Scott Stringer came to show his support! An extra special thank you goes to Senator Daniel Squadron for not letting the night end without a DOE promise to hold a follow up meeting to reassess the short term solution.
Mr. Taratko and Ms. Freeman also pledged to take our arguments back to Chancellor Farina. We were heard and we are proud.
Beyond the need to re-instate the 6th Kindergarten section, two things became abundantly clear during the meeting:
1) Re-Zoning is Imminent: The District 13 CEC, in conjunction with Councilmember Levin is launching the District 13 Taskforce at the end of this month. Its first mission is the re-zoning of P.S.8 in time for the 2016-17 academic year. Mr. Taratko has promised to deliver multiple re-zoning plans for consideration.
WeArePS8Too will be represented on the D13 Taskforce by Sandra M. She is the parent of a wait-listed child and long-time resident of DUMBO. Sandra spoke passionately and articulately at the meeting and is well versed in the issues.
2) The DOE does not see an immediate need for new school construction in D13. We beg to differ. Please join us in our support of Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions by signing their petition at www.dobroschools.org. The group advocates for new school construction and the sharing of education options available to parents. Their site is a wealth of information including new construction data and timely news articles.
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STAY TUNED for next steps as we await our follow up meeting with the DOE and the results of the inaugural meeting of the D13 Taskforce. THANK YOU for your continued support!
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