This Daily News article is really an effective piece.
Example of the farce in this library sharing situation:
Period 1: Believe charter school teachers may utilize the left side of the library. The IS 126 library has sole use of the right side of the library.
Brooklyn middle school students squeezed out of study space by 3 charter schools sharing building
BY Elizabeth Lazarowitz <https://mail.
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, October 6th 2009, 4:00 AM
At JHS 126 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, memo grants its three charter schools the lion's share of access to the library (below), which got an overhaul just last year.<http://assets.
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At JHS 126 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, memo grants its three charter schools the lion's share of access to the library (below), which got an overhaul just last year.
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Junior High School 126 kids have severely limited access to the cozy, mural-painted reading spot this year so the three charters sharing the Greenpoint <http://www.nydailyn
"It's unfair," said JHS 126 parent association President Janeen Echevarria <http://www.nydailyn
Access to the library for more than 400 middle schoolers will be restricted to one side of the space for less than two hours each day, with an extra hour on Wednesdays.
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"We figure out what's in the best interest of all the children in the building," Calderon-Melendez said.
While the charters are using the auditorium and the library this year, they gave up their half of the gym space, he said.
That's of little comfort to JHS 126 eighth-grader Ashley, who said she's been stuck with a fifth-grade-
"We have no way of researching,
"There's this whole library full of new books bought for our school, and we can't even use it," Ashley said.
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The move to a new Bushwick building was stalled this summer, Calderon-Melendez said. He said he expects the building to be ready next year.
That means about 1,400 kids are packed into a building made for about 1,320.
To accommodate the extra charter students, JHS 126 Principal Rosemary Ochoa <http://www.nydailyn
Students will get library skills lessons in their classrooms using laptops, she said.
"The principals have been able to work together to solve the problems on the ground," Forte said. "[The JHS 126 principal] is confident that the kids are still getting the access and the quality of library instruction that they need."
The space scuffle comes as Mayor Bloomberg <http://www.nydailyn
Last year, the library got an overhaul, with volunteers painting the walls with a castle motif. Now, the 13 donated computers, comfy recliners and futon have been removed.
"It's a beautiful library; 126 should have first priority, and the charter school should wait or get their own building already," lamented parent Doreen Sudano <http://www.nydailyn