Thursday, March 27, 2014

CEC 21 (Brooklyn) calls on Farina and de Blasio to reverse co-location plan for I.S. 281, Joseph B. Cavallaro and I.S. 96, Seth Low

I was at the rally this afternoon - Tish James and other politicos came down - I have some video - will update this space when processed.


Community Education Council District 21
 


           
Officers: Heather Fiorica, President · Anna Lembersky, 1st Vice President · Joyce Finger, 2nd Vice President ·
Linda Dalton, Recording Secretary ·Randi Garay, Treasurer
Members: Muneer Abualroub ·Mohammad Akram ·Sean Chin ·Maria Di Graziano · Yoketing Eng ·Evangelean Pugh
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community Education Council District 21 calls on Chancellor Farina and Mayor de Blasio to reverse the decision to implement co-location plan for I.S. 281, Joseph B. Cavallaro and I.S. 96, Seth Low.
         The announcement made on February 27th  regarding the continuance of charter co-locations at I.S. 281, Joseph B. Cavallaro and I.S. 96, Seth Low, is a major setback for our community.  There was such hope that Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina would finally listen to the voices of parents and community members.  Many of us now feel only disappointment and frustration. In the fall of 2013, the Community Education Council District 21 passed two resolutions opposing both co-locations, we have rallied, gone to PEP meetings and still our voices were not heard.  2014 had such potential for parents and yet again, we have been pushed to the side.  We have been given a promise that they will do things better in the future.  What about the children and their families that are already attending I.S. 281, Joseph B. Cavallaro and I.S. 96 Seth Low, don’t they count too?  We understand that they based their decisions on families that applied for seats for September 2014 and the deadline was coming.  Our children’s educations should not be about deadlines.  We provide excellent educational opportunities for all children in district 21 and have seats in our traditional public schools for the children who have applied.  More time should have been taken to visit and speak to schools, families, and community members regarding these co-locations. There is no need to rush putting two more elementary schools in our district. We have and always will supply a high quality education for every student in our district’s traditional public schools.   Mayor de Blasio's plan is to provide full day, high quality Pre-K programs to 53,000 students in 2014. With two elementary Charter school co-locations opening in 2014 in district 21, what middle school space can the Chancellor guarantee will be available for these students in the future?
          It’s time to come together once again as a community with our elected officials! Let our voices be heard loud and clear “We say NO to the co-locations decisions on I.S. 281, Joseph B. Cavallaro and I.S. 96 Seth low”. The Community Education Council District 21 calls on Chancellor Farina and Mayor de Blasio to reverse the decision to implement co-location plan for I.S. 281, Joseph B. Cavallaro and I.S.96, Seth Low.

The Community Education council of District 21 invites all community members to join them at I.S. 281 Cavallaro (  8787 24th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11214) to Rally on  Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM.
Regards,
Heather Ann Fiorica
President
Community Education Council District 21
1401 Emmons Avenue – room 101
Brooklyn, New York  11235
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