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New York City Department of Education: Stop the colocation of a Success Academy in the Washington Irving HS Campus
  • Petitioned Dennis M. Walcott

This petition was delivered to:

Schools Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Dennis M. Walcott

New York City Department of Education: Stop the colocation of a Success Academy in the Washington Irving HS Campus

    1. Petition by

      SOS from Eva

1. Six expanding high schools already reside in the building, with only one shared cafeteria and limited gym space.
2. Placing an elementary school in the building, which will occupy three floors, will divert resources from the growing high-need populations already established in the building.
3. An elementary school can not collaborate to strengthen the community and share resources in a campus of high schools.
4. The construction of separate facilities will decrease the number of fire exits available to the high schoolers and destroy the historic lobby and murals in the Washington Irving building.

"Success Academy Charter Schools are guilty of taking space away from existing public schools, counseling out high needs students and enrolling lower percentages of special education students, English language learners and students receiving free lunch, in respect to public schools. Real success doesn't come at the expense of the highest need students, while demonizing public schools. 
New York Parents & Teachers support quality education for all kids!"

(Quoted from New York City  Communities for Change)

Recent signatures


    1. PEP vote -- THIS THURSDAY!

      The official PEP vote on the co-location will take place this Thursday! We hope to see you there!

      Panel for Educational Policy
      Thursday, December 20, 2012, 6:00 pm
      The High School of Fashion Industries
      225 West 24th Street, New York, NY
      23rd Street station, 1 train or 23rd Street station, C, E lines.

    2. Public Hearing on December 10th and Rally -- update!

      Our public hearing will take place at 40 Irving Place at 6pm on December 10. Please join us!

      In addition, we will be meeting at 4:30 at the main entrance of the school for a pre-hearing rally.

      There will be a chance for people to sign up to speak at the hearing BEFORE 6pm.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. signature goal extended!

      We are getting such a great response to this petition, that we have extended from 100 to 200 signatures as our goal. Please forward this to your friends, colleagues, etc. Thank you for your support!!!

    5. 11/1 hearing is POSTPONED!

      Due to the hurricane, the 11/1 public hearing will be postponed. No date is set yet, but we will let you know.

    6. Panel for Educational Policy meeting November 8th at 6pm

      The meeting in which the PEP will vote on the co-location will be 11/8 at 6pm at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (35-12 35th Avenue in

    7. Public hearing November 1st at 6pm

      There is a public hearing scheduled for 11/1 at 6pm at the Washington Irving Campus (40 Irving Place). Please come 30 minutes beforehand if you wish to sign up for an opportunity to speak. We think that this might be rescheduled due to the hurricane, so watch for updates.

    8. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Antonio Metrock NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Its my school, i wouldn't want it to end

    • Edwin Campoverde CORONA, PUERTO RICO
      • over 1 year ago

      I attended one of this charter schools in Long Island City, NY. The curriculum is excellent and primarily designed for immigrant students. It is thanks to charter school devoted to educate immigrant populations --International HS--that I was able to attend college and now medical school. Hence, I would prefer that this particular school uses its resources to help those students that need the most help first.

    • Jeffrey Vénegas NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm a student at that school.

    • Luis Macleod CORONA,QUEENS, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      The school is congested as it is.

    • Elaine Guardo BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm a teacher for the DOE. I know that real success must never come at the expense of the highest need students!


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