Now Beginning With Children Charter school (that has four schools in Williamsburg and Bed Stuy) wants to co-locate in this building. One can't help wonder what kind of a deal was made by the DOE. There was a handful of people in the audience. Most were there in conjunction with the charter school. The CEC was not present as they had promised not to attend any more co-location hearings. The principal sat on the dais with the SUNY official who praised him to the hilt and who is respected very much by the Campos community. He did not speak at this hearing.
ERRATA FROM A GCHS TEACHER:
Here are a couple of my comments to help with the identifications:
This is GCHS science teacher Russell Nitchman:
This is GCHS guidance counselor Alice Gluszak:
The "despair, confusion..." person is retired GCHS English teacher Joe Thorsen:
I don't know who this elected official is, but could it be Addabbo?:
This is not a student member of the SLT:
The speaker in this video is misidentified on YouTube and your blog as being Addabbo. It is actually my former student, Dmytro Fedkowskyj, the Queens PEP member:
Francis Lewis HS ESL teacher and Chapter Leader, Arthur Goldstein: How would you rate Mayor Bloomberg: Highly Effective, Effective, Developing or Ineffective?
[20120402062023Grover Cleveland] http://www.youtube.com/watch?
[20120402061754Grover Cleveland] http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Christine Martin on behalf of the Council of Supervisors:and Administrators: ...plan is being introduced for cynical reasons
[20120402061614Grover Cleveland] http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Student member of the SLT: We should not be used as pieces in the mayor's monolpoly game.
The DOE is creating an environment of despair, confusion and failure.
[20120402060930Grover Cleveland] http://www.youtube.com/watch?
UFT Vice President of High Schools, Leo Casey: Stop holding Grover Cleveland hostage.
[20120402060615Grover Cleveland] http://www.youtube.com/watch?
State Senator, Addabbo: Keep Cleveland open...
[20120402060206Grover Cleveland] http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan is asked whether she would rescind mayoral control.
[20120402055247Grover Cleveland] http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, a Cleveland alumna.
[20120402055048Grover Cleveland] http://www.youtube.com/watch?
An elected official asks that Cleveland be taken off the list of turnaround schools.
IS 126 was one of the schools I covered for years from 1997 until I left the system when I worked for District 14 media center. It once was the jewel of the district. There are lots of reasons for its problems, some of them traceable to pre-Bloomberg years. I could do an entire post on the history of this school, including the old school board political machinations. A key was replacing IS 126 with IS 318 as the flagship school in the district. In both cases and with pretty much all schools "succeeding" it is due to the kids you can recruit. Charters cream and public schools cream if they can. For years IS 126 was the only option if you wanted your top kids to avoid the local zoned schools and we used to work very hard to get out top kids in there. Interesting in that it is located in Greenpoint, a white area. When IS 318 replaced it as the magnet, that made sense in that it is located smack in the middle of the district. What were the white parents in Greenpoint to do? Many sent their kids there anyway. Others lobbied for a more local middle school option aside from 126 because that school was already getting overloaded with special ed and ELLs. And they got it at PS 132 which is a short distance away. That pretty much doomed 126. But the constant co-locations, from Bard for a few years put in by Harold Levy -- they took the top floor with a million dollar renovation while 126 was squeezed into tiny spaces, followed by sleazeball Eddie Calderon-Melendez corrupt Believe managed Williamsburg charter, now also being closed along with 126. What a sad story.