A long time in planning (we've known about the KIPP high school since last spring), the fact that a public hearing, as required by state law, is being held tomorrow (Thursday) at 11 am at PS 195, just days before the school is to open KIPP will occupy the entire building before very long.
In a time of total cynicism about the actions of the NYCDOE and the State Education Commission, this one is still a doozy.
I think there is some law being violated but who cares anymore about little things like laws.With many people being out of town, there still may be some people heading up there from GEM to hand out the spanking new trifold, The Truth About Charters. Maybe even read it into the testimony.
Come on down if you have time.
Date: August 27, 2009, 11 AM
Place: IS 195, 625 WEST 133rd STREET, NEW YORK
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. speaker registration)
Here is the announcement sent out not too long ago and not too widely it seems.
CHARTER SCHOOLS INSTITUTE MEDIA ADVISORY: NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING
Contact: David Henahan,
Office of Communications
University of New York
For Immediate Release:
To: All Concerned Individuals
From: Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York (on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York)
Date: August 27, 2009
Place: IS 195, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. speaker registration)
Purpose: Pursuant to New York Education Law subdivision 2853(3), the purpose of the State University of New York Board of Trustees’ Public Hearing is to receive testimony and statements from concerned individuals about locating the KIPP S.T.A.R. Charter School in part of the I.S. 195 building at 625 WEST 133rd STREET, NEW YORK, NY, which is owned or controlled by the New York City Department of Education.
In Order to Register to Speak at the Hearing or Submit Statements:
1. Persons who wish to make brief comments (no more than three minutes) are requested to file their names with the Hearing Registration Officer on the day of the Hearing, in advance of the beginning of the Hearing. Time for such comments will be set aside at the end of the Hearing, and such persons will be called upon in the order in which they register with the Hearing Registration Officer.
2. Persons wishing to submit prepared written testimony or statements to the Charter Schools Institute, which is conducting the hearing on behalf of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, should send written documents to Mr. Ralph A. Rossi II, Vice President and General Counsel of the Charter Schools Institute at: 41 State Street, Suite 700, Albany, NY 12207, via fax to: 518/427-6510, or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Written testimony or statements must be received no later than noon on Friday, August 28, 2009
In your written testimony or statements, please identify in a brief fashion the subject of your testimony. Written testimony or statements may also be given to the Hearing Registration Officer on the day of the Hearing.