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Petitioning CEC 6 (Community Education Council District 6)

CEC 6 (Community Education Council District 6): CALLING FOR AN IMMEDIATE STOP ON ALL CO-LOCATION PROPOSALS IN D6

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District 6, Northern Manhattan has been unfairly targeted by the DOE for years. On top of co-locations we have received budget cuts totaling more than $24 million in 5 years. Many times the biggest cuts happening at co-located schools. Very few of the co-locations were community supported and the methods in which OPM/DOE engaged community is questionable. D6 has struggled, our children are better, deserve better and we demand better. We know we have a lot of work to do in Northern Manhattan schools but it begins with the community, in the community. As parents we must dream not just for ourselves but for our children and not allow the DOE to limit their dreams any longer. PLS SIGN this petition and spread the word. We need as much support as possible! After some investigations, much of what OPM told us as community engagement  is false and we are still being asked to proceed with public hearing in early October before a PEP vote in October. We are not going to accept this and are asking for ALL parents to stand with us as we begin to take back our district and take a stand against more co-locations in our community.

D6 Background

We have a very unsuccessful track record with co-locations:

• out of 26 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 12 are co-located.

• PS 192 & MS 152 already house 2 schools

• co-locations in D6 have created many hostile schools where teachers, principals even parents leave

• even in our more peaceful schools administration must limit their curriculum to plan around shared gyms, cafeterias, playgrounds—resulting in less physical fitness, in some cases no art, and either very early lunches or very late lunches.

• in our charter/public co-locations we have children sweating in 1 room with old supplies/furniture while the charter gets priority and everything new & AC

• we have some very deteriorated old buildings with mold and plumbing that should not house any students holding 2 schools

• increased class sizes due to co-locations

• inappropriate incidents in middle schools co-located with high schools

Co-locations do not work and have not worked. Every proposal in the past 5 years OPM has presented in D6 has resulted in a negative impact to a child via any of the above and more.

Trailers and “Mini schools”

As many may have seen the NY1 report out today. Mayor Bloomberg has failed to meet his 2012 goal of eliminating trailers in Public schools. D6 currently holds 7 trailers.

Various children in our D6 start their education in a K trailer.

http://www.ny1.com/content/news/education/187835/ny1-exclusive--exploring-why-trailers-are-still-being-used-in-city-schoolyards

 

One of the schools being considered for a”triple” location is PS 192 which currently is co-located with PS 325 has a mini school trailer and large class sizes. The conditions of the trailer are not ideal as it is for many D6 trailers.

This week marks the  50th anniversary of MLK's "I have a dream speech", watching our president tell us to “Keep on Keeping” and remind us that "Freedom is not given. It must be won, through struggle and discipline, persistence and faith". We have struggled and continue to have faith but need action  & support.

D6 has struggled our children are better, deserve better and we demand better NOW!  Please sign our petition!

Letter to
CEC 6 (Community Education Council District 6)
As a concerned citizen, I would like to bring a situation occurring in Northern Manhattan to your attention. The links to press are about our August 15 CEC meeting below give you more background as to what transpired when OPM, Office of Portfolio Management, the real estate division of the DOE attended our to present 2 proposals:
http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/schoolbook/2013/aug/15/city-announces-three-more-early-college-high-schools/
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130816/inwood/six-year-high-school-share-space-with-existing-uptown-schools-doe-says
1. New district middle school in M192: Building M192 houses two elementary schools—06M192 and 06M325.  In response to community requests for an additional middle school, we anticipate proposing to open a new district middle school in 2014, which would serve about 3 sections/grade and would give priority to students zoned to PS 192 and PS 325. 


2. New CTE high school in M052: Building M052 currently houses J.H.S. 52 and the High School for Excellence and Innovation.  In response to requests from the CEC 6 community for more Career Technical Educational (“CTE”) programming, we anticipate proposing a new high school to open in the building in 2014 that will offer CTE programming. We are still in the process of determining what the specific focus of the school will be, but will share that with you as soon as we have more information. 

At the time of their presentation the CEC 6 was handed a presentation and verbally dictated another.
We were left with nothing to review. We were also told schools & CEC were consulted in June. We have no recorded documentation of such meetings with the CEC. As we also pointed out for the CEC to engage parents in July-August when schools are closed is very difficult.
Here is the reply we received on 8/23:

“In terms of process, I want to note that it’s not at all unusual for OPM or the DOE to contact the CEC President as a primary touch point and representative for the larger Council. We expect that anything discussed with the President would and should be shared with the remainder of the Council. This means of communication complies with mandates in the Open Meetings Law.  Additionally I note our presentation on these proposals did take place in the context of the Council’s public meeting. 

We understand that the summer, coupled with the CEC transition, can be a challenging time to communicate with impacted parties. Thus, before the end of the 2012-2013 school year, and at various points throughout the summer, we engaged with the CEC, School Leadership Teams at the schools in M192 and M052, and the High School and Community Superintendents about these proposals. As a newly elected council, we encourage you to continue engaging with your stakeholders as you see fit.”


After some investigations, much of this is false and we are still being asked to proceed with public hearing in early October before a PEP vote in October. We are not going to accept this and are asking for ALL parents to stand with us as we begin to take back our district and take a stand with against more co-locations in our community.

D6 Background
We have a very unsuccessful track record with co-locations:
• out of 26 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 12 are co-located.
• PS 192 & MS 152 already house 2 schools
• co-locations in D6 have created many hostile schools where teachers, principals even parents leave
• even in our more peaceful schools administration must limit their curriculum to plan around shared gyms, cafeterias, playgrounds—resulting in less physical fitness, in some cases no art, and either very early lunches or very late lunches.
• in our charter/public co-locations we have children sweating in 1 room with old supplies/furniture while the charter gets priority and everything new including AC
• we very deteriorated, old buildings with mold and plumbing that should not house any students, holding 2 schools
• increased class sizes
• inappropriate instances in middle schools co-located with high schools

Co-locations do not work and have not worked. Every proposal in the past 5 years OPM has presented in D6 has resulted in a negative impact to a child via any of the above and more.


Trailers and “Mini schools”

As many may have seen the NY1 report out today. Mayor Bloomberg has failed to meet his 2012 goal of eliminating trailers in Public schools. D6 currently holds 7 trailers.
Various children in our D6 start their education in a K trailer.

http://www.ny1.com/content/news/education/187835/ny1-exclusive--exploring-why-trailers-are-still-being-used-in-city-schoolyards

One of the schools being considered for a”triple” location is PS 192 which currently is co-located with PS 325 has a mini school trailer and large class sizes. The conditions of the trailer are not ideal as it is for many D6 trailers.

We need your support. District 6 has been unfairly targeted by the DOE for years. On top of co-locations we have had received budget cuts totally more than 10 million in less than 10 years. Many times the biggest cuts happening at co-located schools. Very few of the co-locations were community supported and the methods in which OPM/DOE engaged community is questionable.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of MLK's "I have a dream speech", watching our president tell us to “Keep on Keeping” and remind us that "Freedom is not given. It must be won, through struggle and discipline, persistence and faith", one has to wonder why the same people have to keep struggling.

D6 has struggled our children are better, deserve better and we demand better. We know we have a lot of work to do in Northern Manhattan schools but it begins with the community, in the community. As parents we must dream not just for ourselves but for our children and not allow the DOE to limit their dreams any longer.

WE ARE CALLING FOR AN IMMEDIATE STOP ON ALL CO-LOCATIONS proposals in D6. Pls Show your support!