As part of the CASCADE group to fight closing schools, we have been attending hearings and offering support. The UFT has shown some activity - Leroy Barr came to PS 42 on Thursday and is supposedly coming to speak on Tuesday - and probably Amy Arundel and others from the Queens office will be there. I can raise issues about what the UFT is not doing but will leave that alone pending the outcome --- there is hope they can play a role in saving the school. If they do I will praise them to the sky.
The DOE claims it doesn’t compare apples to oranges, i.e. expecting PS/MS 42 to perform as well as PS/MS 114 or schools like Scholars Academy. Supposedly schools with equivalent demographics are looked at and if the school performs at a lower level than their cohort then closing is considered. So let’s take a look at the cohort and see how they do as well or better than schools that are not being closed. Let’s look at the numbers since the Renewal school program began and resources were supposedly thrown into the school. In fact these “resources” involve consultants and often useless professional development instead of the kinds of resources like lowering class size that would make a real difference.
Here are PEP members' emails if you want to share.