From CEC 2 President Shino Tanikawa:
At the March calendar meeting, the CECD2 passed the following resolution.
We passed four others:
1) against charter co-location (a renewal of an old reso),
2) against the turnaround proposals for school improvement,
3) for creating a construction fund tied to residential development, and
4) for amending the State law to give CECs authority to approve proposals on school closures, co-locations and grade truncations.
I hope to re-affirm the two resos we passed on the use of test scores at the next meeting.
Moratorium on Charter Applications in District 2
WHEREAS, charter schools were originally intended as pedagogical laboratories for innovation in teaching to better meet the needs of all our students, but particularly those at-risk, and to improve District schools by collaborating with District schools and sharing best practices with District schools;
WHEREAS, many charter schools in the City today are not pedagogical laboratories for educational innovation, do not serve students at-risk, and neither collaborate nor share best practices with District schools;
WHEREAS, some charter schools have discharged struggling students to improve school-wide test scores;
WHEREAS, many charter schools compete against District schools for per-student funding and school facilities and have created tension in the very community they serve and have even pitted parents against parents;
WHEREAS, according to the NY State Education Department, the educational needs in District 2, which was designated as a District in Need of Improvement (DINI), are 1) improving progress made by Special Education students in elementary and middle schools and 2) improving struggling high schools;
WHEREAS, the applications submitted by Success Charter Network and the Great Oaks Foundation do not address the educational needs in District 2;
WHEREAS, resources available to students in District 2 should be used to address the educational needs in District 2, rather than to create more school choice for students not at risk;
WHEREAS, families in District 2 have good options for their children’s education through their zoned or district wide option schools or Gifted & Talented programs for elementary school and through the middle school choice program;
WHEREAS, it is not clear if families in District 2 desire more options in the form of charter schools;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Community Education Council District 2 urges the SUNY Charter Institute and the NY State Education Department to institute a moratorium on charter school applications in District 2 unless proposed charter schools directly serve at risk students or until educational and community needs for charter schools are assessed and articulated by families, educators, advocates and students in District 2;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the CECD2 rejects the applications made by Success Charter Network and Great Oaks Foundation.
Approved and adopted by CECD2 on March 28, 2012
AFTERBURN: Families for Excellent Schools
New Astroturf org to create parent charter lobby.