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Save Garrison Elementary from consolidation.
  • Petitioned Chancellor Henderson, Mayor Gray, DC City Council

This petition was delivered to:

Chancellor Henderson, Mayor Gray, DC City Council

Save Garrison Elementary from consolidation.

    1. Alice Speck
    2. Petition by

      Alice Speck

      Washington,, DC

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January 2013

Victory

From Petition Creator, Alice Speck: The Garrison community mobilized to keep the school open! Between the change.org petition; hand-written petitions; testimonies before the city council, letters submitted to the council, Mayor, and school Chancellor; community meetings; and the creation of a compelling counter-proposal to keep the school open, we convinced the Chancellor and Mayor to reverse their decision.

On behalf of Ann McLeod, Garrison PTA and school community:

Garrison Elementary School is the heart of the Logan Circle Neighborhood in Washington, DC, and sits on the border between wards 1 and 2. Logan Circle is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the city and in the entire United States and the U Street Neighborhood to its north is one of the most diverse and densely populated areas of the city. Garrison draws 60% of its student population from wards 1 and 2 and it is already well past the tipping point to being a true neighborhood school.

In the past three years, parents have re-established a PTA, developed strong partnerships with local community organizations, reached out to prospective parents and worked with the administration to improve the school. Under the leadership of a dynamic new principal just appointed this year, Garrison's teachers and staff strongly connect with and support their students. They have been successful in increasing test scores, and creating a fun and challenging academic environment. Current parents are active at the school, as are parents whose children are not yet school-age, and community members from the neighborhood and city at large. With essential elements now finally in place, thanks to 3 years of hard work led by parents and community members, parents living in the District have identified Garrison as a school they want to send their child to, rather than apply in the out-of-boundary lottery or navigate Public Charter Schools. DCPS has proposed to close Garrison, a real neighborhood school with a lot of momentum, passion, and family and community engagement. 

Please join the campaign to keep Garrison open. Give your best reasons why DCPS should join forces with parents and the community and commit to helping make Garrison the next DCPS neighborhood school success story rather than destroy what the community has built.

Stay up to date on Garrison news via Twitter @GarrisonPTA, or Garrison Elementary School on Facebook. Want to help? Email: GarrisonPTA@gmail.com

 

 

To:
Chancellor Henderson, Mayor Gray, DC City Council
Save Garrison Elementary from consolidation.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We did it! We saved Garrison!

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      On January 17, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that Garrison will remain open when the final DCPS School Consolidation & Reorganization Plan was distributed. See the final plan here http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Parents+and+Community/DCPS+Consolidation+and+Reorganization+Plan

      DCPS Consolidation and Reorganization Plan

      DCPS Consolidation and Reorganization Plan Tweet Proposals to consolidate schools evoke strong reactions. They can be disruptive and unsettling to students, parents, community members and school staff. They can also generate an inspiring amount of community creativity. And that has happened in the past two months.

    2. @dcist_martin via Twitter to 4,128 followers

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      "The folks fighting for Garrison ES to stay open are waging a pretty impressive campaign."

    3. Garrison Elementary Launches Website

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer
    4. Latest DCist Article

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      "Francis-Stevens Education Campus and Garrison Elementary School—both in Ward 2—have strongly pushed for their schools to remain open, saying that new principals and newly energized PTAs are invested in improving the schools."

      Henderson Hints That Some D.C. Schools Slated for Closure Could Be Spared

      Henderson After D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson presented a proposal last month to close 20 public schools, parents and activists across the city girded for a fight. But after listening to their pleas at a series of D.C. Council hearings and community meetings, Henderson has hinted that some of

    5. Councilmember Jack Evans Supports Ward 2 Parents

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Via newsletter: Evans addressed the participants at the beginning of the meeting, and while he acknowledged that Henderson had some difficult decisions to make, he was committed to keeping Ward 2's community schools, Garrison and Francis Stevens open. This brought a roar of applause from the Garrison and FS contingents, which were by far the biggest groups in the room.
      "The bottom line is that we have to make the right decisions for our children," said Jack. "We must remember it's all about the kids, first and foremost. Both of these schools have waiting lists for their pre-school programs, and we need to listen to what that means."
      "Garrison in particular has seen a huge jump in support over the past few years. The Logan Community has rallied behind this school, and the parental support is obvious. Both neighborhoods deserve to have local schools - they shouldn't have to shuttle their kids to other wards for elementary school when these schools are in the neighborhood and doing well."

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Borderstan Covers Garrison's Pre-Meeting Wednesday

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      "Prior to the community meeting, Garrison parents, community members and supporters will meet at Garrison between 4 and 5:30 pm to have a group discussion; a light supper will be served.
      Childcare will be available for the evening’s meeting and Garrison PTA will provide buses between Garrison and the community meeting location.
      Those who are interested in participating in the evening’s meeting and pre-meeting activities must RSVP online."

      Garrison: Transportation, Child Care for DCPS Dec. 5 Ward Meeting

      From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir . Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. On Wednesday, December 5, DC Public Schools (DCPS) will hold a community meeting on the proposed school consolidation and reorganization plan for Wards 1-4.

    8. Written Testimony Due to DC Council Today @ 5pm

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Written testimony on school consolidations is due to the Council TODAY at 5pm. Send testimony to Chair Mendelson's legislative assistant Erika Wadlington: ewadlington@dccouncil.us.

    9. Support Garrison @ DCPS Community Meeting 12/5

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Meeting this Wednesday 6-8pm at Brightwood Education Campus. 1300 Nicholson St. NW. Check the link below for details.

      School Consolidation: Ward 1-4, 6 Community Dialogue

      Ward 1-4, 6 community dialogue on the DCPS Proposed Consolidations and Reorganization

    10. "SaveGarrison" Yard Signs get Mention in Today's Washington Post

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Emma Brown writes:
      "And less than two miles away, “Save Garrison” yard signs have sprouted up around Logan Circle, part of a neighborhood campaign to keep Garrison Elementary from being shuttered."

      D.C. Council, community, to discuss future of buildings vacated by school closures

      Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 11/27/2012 Debate over the District's plan to close 20 schools continues this week with a series of community meetings and a city council roundtable on what should become of vacant school buildings.

    11. Borderstan Covers Community Reaction to Proposed Garrison Closure

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for the coverage, Borderstan.

      Community Remains Confused, Upset at Garrison School Closing

      From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir . Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. Even though DC Public Schools (DCPS) announced the closing of 20 schools nearly two weeks ago, Borderstan residents, parents, faulty and community members still remain shocked by one on the list: Garrison Elementary.

    12. 400 Signatures!

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support!

    13. DCist Covers Garrison's Efforts

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      D.C. Plan to Close 20 Public Schools Draws Opposition, Though Some Legislators See No Other Choice

      Photo by eshutt Yesterday the D.C. Council wrapped up two hearings on D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson's plan to close and consolidate 20 schools in the coming two years. During the 14 hours of discussion and debate, councilmembers both heard from Henderson and questioned her plan, while activists and

    14. Watch the Council Hearing on School Consolidations Live

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      This is happening live, right now!

      DC Council | Watch Hearings Live- Granicus

      As the central and chief policy-making body for the District of Columbia, the Council's mission is to provide strong, innovative and effective leadership for the benefit of residents across the city.

    15. Garrison Elementary School on Facebook

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Be sure to "like" the Garrison Elementary Facebook page, and check it for updates on school news, and how the students are getting involved in #SaveGarrison efforts!

      Garrison Elementary School

      Garrison Elementary School, Washington, DC. 200 likes · 104 talking about this · 232 were here.

    16. ANC 1B Commissioners Send Letter Supporting Garrison

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      ANC 1B Commissioners Myla Moss (1B01, Chair of 1B), Alexandra Lewin-Zwerlding (1B02), Deborah Thomas (1B04), James Turner (1B08), Lauren McKenzie (1B09), Tony Norman (1B10), and Zahara Jilani, Commissioner-Elect (1B12) write a lengthy official letter to Mayor Gray and Chancellor Henderson.
      In the closing paragraph:
      "As a community, we have worked hard to make the U Street and Logan Circle communities a place where neighborhood families want to stay and raise their children, and we remain committed to this goal. We respectfully ask that you reconsider your proposal to close Garrison Elementary School. Instead, we urge you to support fully the smart and effective parent- and community-led efforts to ensure the success of our DCPS neighborhood school."

    17. 300 Supporters!

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to the 300 signers of this petition! Your support means so much!

    18. RootDC on Post Local Mentions Garrison

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      In addition to a photo of Vanessa Bertelli, Chair of Garrison Improvement Project Committee, & Garrison students, Garrison was mentioned:
      "For example, a school like Garrison Elementary, where parents are fighting and being active to improve programming so it can in turn raise enrollment, is not being given the time nor resources to make this happen."

      D.C. school closures

      Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 11/19/2012 D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson stepped into her first major controversy when she announced last week that she wanted to close 20 public schools. Immediately, hundreds of parents and activists lined up to oppose her.

    19. Reached 250 signatures
    20. Empower DC Mentions Garrison

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Daniel del Pielago, Education Organizer, Empower DC:
      "A powerful point was brought up by the Garrison and Francis-Stevens communities, although they currently are labeled as under enrolled, they are working hard to build strong programs to build up their enrollment, they are motivated and really trying yet DCPS is not giving them the chance/time to “Prove What’s Possible”. "

    21. Washington Post Story Highlights PTA President, & Petition

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Emma Brown from the Washington Post:
      ["And parents at Garrison Elementary, who have mounted a social media campaign and are circulating an online petition to save their school, warned that they will take their kids out of the system if the school is closed.

      Ann McLeod, president of the Garrison PTA, said she would either consider a charter school “or I might have to become the biggest hypocrite and move to Maryland.”]

      Three takeaways from the D.C. Council's school-closure hearing

      Thursday's D.C. Council hearing was the first opportunity for public debate over D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson's plan to close 20 of the District's schools. It lasted seven hours. Here are three takeaways: Council members appear to agree that schools must close. Now the question is: Which schools?

    22. Washington Examiner Highlights #SaveGarrison Efforts

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Lisa Gartner from the Examiner on parent opposition to Garrison closing.
      http://bit.ly/UKEyt6

      Parents mean war over Northwest elementary school | WashingtonExaminer.com

      If Garrison Elementary had gun turrets, they would have been crowded Tuesday afternoon. Parents at the U Street Corridor campus, learning that Garrison was among the 20 schools targeted for closure by DC Public Schools, pledged to fight back with the same energy they said they have been investing in the school.

    23. 150 Signatures & Growing Every Hour

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to each and every one of you who has signed the petition!

    24. S.H.A.P.P.E. Mentions Garrison in Morning Email

      Alice Speck
      Petition Organizer

      Email from Cathy Reilly, Executive Director of S.H.A.P.P.E.:
      "Many people stepped up to give impassioned statements. It is clear that letters and contacts with Council members have an impact. Council Members Graham and Evans strongly defended Garrison and questioned the wisdom of its consolidation with Seaton."

    25. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Shanice Hunter WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      I graduated from Garrison in 2004. It is a great school, and I would like for it to remain open.

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    • Rosemarie Onwukwe WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      As a former teacher at Garrison Elementary, it saddens me to hear of the potential school closing. This school provides education for many children living in the area.

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    • Francine Morgan HYATTSVILLE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      I went to garrison, When I come through that area now that is the only thing that still looks the same. I grew up at 1802 12th street. Me and alot of my family members when there

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    • JOHN FLOOD HYATTSVILLE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      I AM A FORMER STUDENT,AND I HAVE SEEN MY ENTIRE OLD NEIGHBOR HOOD CHANGED,SOME FOR THE BETTER AND SOME FOR THE WORST,BUT THIS IS NOT JUST A SCHOOL,IT IS A FAMILY INSTITUTION, AND ONE OF THE LAST PLACES SOME OF THESE CHILDREN HAVE TO REMIND THEM OF WHERE THEIR PARENTS AND GRAND PARENTS WERE EDUCATED.I HAVE OVER 4 GENERATIONS OF FAMILY THAT WENT TO THIS GREAT SCHOOL, YOU HAVE TAKEN EVERYTHING ELSE FROM OUR CHILDREN PLEASE LEAVE THE SCHOOL INTACT..JOHN FLOOD CLASS OF 1986..AND PROUD OF IT

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    • Megan Moore WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      It's our community school!

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