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Media Advisory: Hundreds of parents, teachers, students and community members rally before the PEP Hearing, Asking that Panel votes NO on RENEWAL School Closures
Community of RENEWAL Schools
For Immediate Release
Angelica Otero February
Hundreds of parents,
teachers, students and community members rally before the PEP Hearing, Asking that
Panel votes NO on RENEWAL School Closures
Angry and frustrated with
the Department of Education´s lack of response and support for RENEWAL Schools
parents, teachers, students and community members across NYC turn to the Panel
for Educational Policy to hold the DOE accountable and vote NO on the closure
of RENEWAL schools. “Who is held accountable for school closures?Why do our school communities have to pay for
the poor leadership and lack of support form the department of education?” says
Kaliris Salas Ramirez, a community resident in Harlem.
Department of Education has invested millions of dollars in the Community
School model to transform RENEWAL schools.But this model takes time and requires a real partnership with the community.Neither of which the DOE is willing to invest
in. “As a parent leader and father to 2 children, I can see first hand that our
school is doing well and that we can continue to improve.But improvement cannot continue if the school
is closed, the way to improve is continued hard work addressing the areas where
we are not meeting standard,” states Rosendo Mejia a parent at HS for Health
Career and Sciences.
In addition turning a failing school around requires resources
which the DOE is not providing say parents.Many of the RENEWAL schools have a high number of English Language
Learners, students that require Special Education, students that live in
transitional housing and other needs. “We
have 103 ELL students at MS 325 and only 2 ENL teachers, how can we turn the school
around if we are not provided the resources we need,” comments, Nancy PA
President of MS 325.
Rather than an investment in the RENEWAL schools program,
the community is witnessing how these schools are being closed to make room for
charters schools in their buildings.Now
the community is turning to the Panel who has the power to hold the DOE accountable
and ensure the welfare of city schools and its students to vote NO on the
proposed closures and ensure justice for NYC public school students.
WHAT: Rally and Press Conference calling the Panel
for Educational Policy to vote NO on RENEWAL School´s Closures
WHEN: Wednesday, February 28th at 5:30PM
WHERE: In front of the Murray Bergtraum High School
Pearl Street, New York, NY 10038
WHO: Parents, youth and community members from MS 325,
PS 50, PS322, PS42, CS 92 & MS 53 and HS for Health and Sciences