Last fall we cheered the news that the Department of Education (DOE) Division of Portfolio Planning had approved The Children’s School's proposal to expand through eighth grade. However, due to a lack of space in District 15 the expansion is now in jeopardy and we desperately need your help!!!
Please take a few seconds to sign this petition urging our local officials to throw their support behind The Children's School's proposed expansion. We will be sending the petition to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Council Member Brad Lander, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Assemblymember James Brennan, Council Member Stephen Levin, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and CEC 15 President Jim Devor.
The Children's School has been recognized as one of the very best public elementary schools in the city with a solid record of providing ALL children the education they need to succeed.
We need to get the signed petitions to our legislators before the school year ends so please help us make the Children's School expansion a reality -- sign now!!
The Parents' Committee for The Children's School Expansion
Support the Expansion of The Children's School
Dear Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Council Member Brad Lander, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Assemblymember James Brennan, and Council Member Stephen Levin,
We are writing this letter as Teachers, Parents, Students, and Community members at to let you know that we support the expansion of The Children’s School (PS 372) to 8th grade.
In fall of 2011 the Department of Education approved PS 372’s proposal to expand to 8th grade. Initially, it was expected that a space for the upper grades would be secured in time for fall of 2012. However, at that time the Department of Education (DOE) Office of Portfolio Planning did not identify a space for our expansion. This fall the DOE Office of Portfolio Planning proposed space at 345 Dean Street for the extension of The Children’s School. We are very hopeful that the proposed space will be approved at the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) Meeting later this fall, but we know that this is not guaranteed. This is why we must not stop working towards finalization of the space assignment for grades 6-8 of The Children’s School.
The Children’s School has a 20-year history of excellence and innovation serving general education and special education students at our school and has been recognized as one of the very best public elementary schools in the city with a solid record of providing ALL children the education they need to succeed. It was a great disappointment last fall to learn that the expansion was approved but a site could not be located. It was especially disappointing in light of the fact that space was found for new charter schools in District 15 for the 2012-13 school year.
Our community was very excited about the opportunity to have their children continue their education through the 8th grade at The Children’s School. In addition, Families within District 15 were very excited about the opportunity to have another high-quality middle school choice for their children right here in Brooklyn. However, in order for the expansion to be successful it is crucial that the proposed space be approved at the PEP Meeting so that the this middle school choice can be part of the new schools round of the middle school application process.
As your constituents we wanted to make you aware of this situation. We would also like to garner your support if you have not yet provided it and thank you very much if you have already provided letters of support.