Tuesday, June 2, 2015

El Puente, MS 50 Battles Against Eva/Success Take Over in Williamsburg

I know MS 50 - it's a block from my old office at PS 84 and I used to cover that school for computer support. It is in the heart of gentrification territory in the Burg and Eva wants that building even though there are 2 other schools in there.  De Blasio wants to make it a community school with lots of services (MS 50 is one of the 94 renew targets, due no doubt to be starved for years to make room for Eva.)

It looks like my vacation is over. Gotta go and charge the video batteries.

June 1, 2015

Dear Friends,

The NYC DOE is holding a hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, 2015 to discuss Success Academy’s request to expand its school to 5th grade, starting in the 2016-2017 school year. The hearing will take place at MS50 at 6pm. Those wishing to speak at this hearing must be there to sign up between 5:30pm - 5:45pm.

Please come out tomorrow, June 2nd, to support the MS50-El Puente Community School in our community’s declaration for the future of our school!

We hope that you will join us and declare that:

      We thank the DOE for investing in MS50’s future by selecting it to receive Community School and Renewal School grant funding for the next 3 years, in partnership with El Puente
      As part of these 2 grant-funded programs, we anticipate major growth and expansion of the academic enrichment and family support programs, as well as, and most importantly, growth in enrollment.
      Through this partnership, we are committed to supporting MS50’s transformation into a successful, robust, and model middle school for our community.
      We understand that the Success Academy is petitioning the DOE to expand its school to include Grade 5, beginning in FY17. While we will work with the DOE’s decision, before we can fully support that plan, our community must be assured that any decisions on reallocation of space be made consistent with the mandates and expansion goals of the DOE’s Community Schools and Renewal Schools Initiatives.

Again, we urge you to join us to lend your voice in asking the PEP to support the transformation and future of MS50.


Luis Garden Acosta  Frances Lucerna
Founder & President  Co-Founder & Executive Director
El Puente

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