For Immediate Release: April 20, 2016
For more information contact CPE1 parents:
Kenya Dilday: email@example.com
Jennifer Roesch: (917) 319-7008; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaliris Salas Ramirez: (718) 704-7387; email@example.comMore information at www.savecpe1.org
Parents, Staff and Alumni of Central Park East 1 to Present Petition Demanding Principal’s Removal to Chancellor
Delegation to Panel for Education Policy will demand chancellor intervene to support students and parents at one-time progressive beacon
Who: Parents, staff, alumni and supporters of Central Park East 1
What: Press conference and petition delivery to Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina
When: April 20, Press Conference 5pm - Petition delivery to follow during Panel for Educational Policy Meeting
The petition delivery comes as Principal Garg has refused to address concerns raised by parents and staff at the school. Parents, staff, alumni and educational experts will attend the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) meeting and present their case. They plan to deliver the petition to the chancellor personally and ask for her direct intervention to support the needs of parents, students and staff.
Other signatories include State Sen. Bill Perkins, former NYC Councilman and Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson, education professor and activist Dr. William Ayers, and large numbers of former teachers, family members and students.
Central Park East 1 is a 41-year old elementary school that is the oldest progressive school in Harlem and the first formed by legendary educator, Deborah Meier. It has a record of success
Problems with Principal Garg include, but are not limited to:
In March, she interviewed several very young children as part of investigations of veteran teachers and staff. The parents of these children were not notified before or after these interviews.
She has no experience in progressive education, no experience in early childhood education and minimal experience in elementary education, but has nevertheless implied that the school’s style of education is not suitable for “black children and poor children.”
Veteran teachers have described their working conditions as intolerable. Several have considered leaving.
The website, savecpe1.org, offers an extensive timeline detailing the pattern of administrative mistreatment over time. It also provides just a few samples of more than 20 testimonials from families about what a Central Park East 1 education has meant for them and their children. It explains Central Park East 1’s unique curriculum and pedagogy as well as its success - as measured by the Department of Education’s own metrics.