Leonie Haimson writes:
Surprise; the organized opposition of the CEC in D3, the local electeds, and the parents and teachers at PS 145 seem to have beaten back the threatened co-location of the new Success Academy branch in their building.
Now the community and their leaders must do the same for PS 165, the new proposed home for that charter school, which already shares its building w/ Mott Hall II and suffers a similar dearth of seats.
On 10/19/10 the District 3 Community Education Council (CEC3) held a press conference at PS 145 that included members of CEC 3, parents, teachers and students from PS 145 and elected officials who stood unanimously against the DoE's plan to give space at PS 145 to Eva Moskowitz's and Harlem Success Academy Charter School (HSA).
The DoE's planned co-location, according to Noah Gotbaum, who is the President of CEC 3, is taking place without any public comment, without any discussion with the schools or district and without a vote. This planned collocation by Joel Klein and the DoE puts an $11 million dollar grant for 8 Harlem public schools in serious jeopardy. The DoE is willing to sacrifice both PS 145's and the 7 other District 3 public school's share of the of the $11 million dollar grant. Watch the videos to learn all about it. They may be long, but the speakers speak powerfully about the hostile takeover and destruction of public education in the Harlem Community.