That was a big take away from the JHS 145 hearing the other day -- that our own DOE, with the support of Cuomo and his new best friends in the UFT, are executing the demise of public education.
Ever since the Department of Education's plans to relocate New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV at the Beach Channel Educational Complex became public, parents and other community leaders have been concerned.
Press Conference TODAY Against Charter School Relocation To Beach Channel campus
That concern has turned into open protest, and on Wednesday, March 8, at 5 p.m., parent leaders from among the six schools already sited inside Building Q410 -- Channel View School for Research, Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability, Rockaway Collegiate High School, PS 256, the BCEC Alternate Learning Center and ReStart Academy -- will hold a press conference with Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato at the main entrance of Building Q410, 100-00 Beach Channel Drive.
The group will be coming out strongly against the proposed co-location of the seventh school, citing excessive space constraints, competition for scarce resources, and the “much easier, much more sensible” solution of allowing existing schools in the complex to grow to fill usable space.
Parents will speak to the impact the co-location would have on their children, and give examples of how the competition for common resources is already making the school experience for their children absurd. Pheffer Amato will present a letter to New York City’s Panel for Educational Policy (which makes school siting decisions) and NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, originally released on Monday, formally objecting to the proposed co-location and calling for its cancellation.
Pheffer Amato and the parents in attendance will be testifying at a joint public hearing afterwards at 6:00 p.m., held by the New York City Panel for Educational Policy, which makes school siting decisions.
“It was our understanding, under this new administration, that previous excesses created by NYC’s co-location policy would be tamped down,” Pheffer Amato added. “But, as is often the case with our corner of NYC, we seem to have every hardship dumped in our backyard, without regard to our existing burden.”