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middle schools

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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Flagstaff Unified School District, Kara Kelty, Carol Haden, Anne Dunno, Christine Fredericks, Carole Gilmore

Reopen Flag Middle School!!

Flagstaff has two public middle schools located on the same North-South corridor, only 1.8 miles away from each other.  FUSD continues to lose middle schoolers (and upper elementary, in anticipation of middle school) to charter schools because families want a middle school closer to home or one that has a better reputation.  There is no doubt that countless families each year from the Fort Valley corridor, Baderville, Railroad Springs, and University heights neighborhoods, among others, are faced with the choice of either staying with FUSD or going to a closer charter school.  Why are these our only choices?  Shouldn't the kids on this side of town get the benefits of community bonds and strong neighborhoods that come with being able to go to your neighborhood public middle school?   Personally, growing up I could walk or bike to my elementary, middle and high school.  Almost every one of my friends went to all the same schools as me and lived nearby.  That's what I want for my kids, too.  And I want to support FUSD.  Public education is what most of us grew up on, and it served us well. I'm not going to suggest exactly how FUSD do this, but clearly the district has knowledgeable and creative decision-makers that can come up with a good plan given viable options based on financial and enrollment information.  The district may initially say the upgrades to the building will be too costly, but we know there's other schools getting renovations and priorities can be shifted based on what makes the most sense for the district and city as a whole. Let's re-open Flag Middle!!  Situated to the west of downtown, Flag Middle is perfectly located to become (again) a wonderful neighborhood school to many.   A school we've loved . . well, never really stopped loving. Check out our page on Facebook and like us to get updates: https://m.facebook.com/Re-Open-Flag-Middle-2135740750077359      

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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to InItaliano

DL Programs in NY Public Schools are at Risk

We are extremely grateful for the work done so far by Deputy Chancellor Josh Wallack and the Division of Early Education in support of PK DL. We are very glad to hear that many new PreK DL programs will be starting in New York City next year, as it was announced on Monday February 4, by the Office of the Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza. HOWEVER, WE ARE ALL EXTREMELY ANXIOUS TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE EXPANSION OF THE PROGRAMS.  What are the DOE and Ms Chen, who is responsible for ELLs and K-12 DL, going to do to support the k-12 DL programs throughout the City? How are all NYC kids  - whether they are learning a new language or retaining it, ELLs or foreign language learners - going to be supported in their language acquisition?  HOW is the DOE going to support those kids who are going to graduate with the Seal of Biliteracy? Our Dual Language Programs in NY Public Schools are STILL at Risk. The DOE under the new Chief Academic Officer Linda Chen has restructured the Division of English Language Learners and Student Support (DELLS), now called the Division of Multilingual Learners, and reassigned several key supporters of multilingual learning to other areas of the DOE. We are questioning Ms Chen’s belief that the only purpose of dual language education is to assist non-English speakers learn English, ignoring the fact that DL education’s aim is also the acquisition and/or retaining of a foreign language by English speaking students.   DL Programs in NYC have always represented an effective way to support students cultural heritage within NYC diverse multicultural environment. This has been especially important for all those immigrant families who cannot afford to travel regularly to their countries and struggle to reconnect with older family members. Multilingualism has shown to have many social, psychological and lifestyle advantages: 1) Accelerates language acquisition for both non-English and English speakers.Not only do bilingual speakers outperform monolingual in a whole lot of cognitive and social tasks (e.g. verbal and nonverbal tests and even math) but also they develop a  greater empathy towards the others. 2) Builds cultural awareness, improves cognitive development and helps children think differently. The executive function of a bilingual brain develops better and helps delay neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia. Children who grow up bilingual or multilingual are more interested in different cultures, resulting in their developing of more refined social skills and acceptance of others. 3) Brings diversity to schools. Having bicultural or multicultural children brings DIVERSITY to the school community, because ALL children are given the chance to learn a language and familiarize themselves with a culture to which they might not be exposed otherwise. 4) Exposes and provides an opportunity for kids to interact with others they might not normally socialize with. Students will continue to speak both languages as they grow up, travel, and will gain from having a more extensive social network. 5) Provides kids with a 21st century skill needed in our global society. Bilingualism can open kids to future job and career opportunities that require a foreign language. This is noticed in job listings, where the requirement of a foreign language has become the norm. Bilingualism gives students more options for their future, and job opportunities that they would have never even considered otherwise. Bilingualism and multiculturalism broaden their knowledge and make them wise citizens of the world. We cannot let our Dual Language programs suffer.  Send an email to DOE's Chancellor Carranza at nycchancellor@schools.nyc.gov and tell him we demand more, not less, support for our dual language programs. Tell him why you want, demand and expect access to full dual language learning for our kids. What else can parents do? 1.      Write letters to DOE and elected officials.Chancellor Richard Carranza nycchancellor@schools.nyc.govHelen Rosenthal, City Council District 6 (Upper West, covering the zone of PS84)   Helen@HelenRosenthal.comMarc Levine City Council District 7 (Upper West and education committee member) District7@council.nyc.govMark Treyger City Council Education Committee Chair MTreyger@council.nyc.govMayor DeBlasio (Office of the Mayor Contact Page) messages limited to 500 words or less NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo Governor Cuomo's Contact PageNY State Senate Education Committee Senate Education Committees ContactCharles Schumer US Senator Senator Schumer's Contact or calling a local office2.      Have friends and family do the same.3.      Show up to community events and talk about your support for dual language programs 4.      Sign up for Community Education Council (CEC3) emails and attend CEC3 Multilingual Committee meetings to learn more. Next meeting is February 26, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm @ 154 West 93rd Street - Room 204. We must act now and act loud before it’s too late!  

InItaliano Bilinguismo a NY
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