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.
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