[Email email@example.com for a copy].
We need to write as MANY emails as we can from as many people as we can saying as many different things as we can.
I encourage our spanish speaking members to write their emails in Spanish. Or, write in any other language if you like.
ALL emails should be sent to:
CC: Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org, ken
Here's an example of an email. Cut and paste as needed, but make it your own by adding information from the comments:
Dear Suny Charter Schools Institute:
I am opposed to the two Citizens of the World Charter Schools proposals designed for District 14.
Regardless of whether these two proposed schools intend to co-locate in our public schools, our district simply does not need any more elementary schools. Adding more choice for the sake of choice will undermine the quality of the public schools that we currently enjoy.
Our district is not suffering from a lack of options for elementary schools. We have eight elementary magnet schools, our unzoned schools have room for out of zone kids, and, by the Fall of 2013, we will have eight elementary charter schools. The UCLA Civil Rights Project has a recent report underlining magnet schools as a successful model distinct from charter schools. We believe that these proposed schools will jeopardize any hope we have of achieving diversity in our four new magnets for elementary schools and will undermine the promise that the NYC DoE made to the federal government to address socio-economic and racial isolation in those schools and our district.
The proposals for Citizens of the World reflects the minimum amount of work that they did to understand our district. They did not mention our magnet schools at all. No one involved in their proposal had even the vaguest understanding of the choices already available in our district. These two proposed schools do not offer anything unique in the way of curriculum, programming, or pedagogy. CWSNY1 and CWSNY2 are copies of the schools that we have.
I am also concerned that.....