[Moskowitz] put out a press release, claiming that the school was being “evicted” and that the de Blasio administration was “employing a bureaucratic paperwork loophole to block the school from opening. …. Officials could fix this problem with the stroke of a pen, yet they’ve refused to do so for purely political reasons.”Remember these posts on PS 25 and the court case filed by parents with Leonie Haimson's help to keep the school open?
Note that word “evicted”, though these students had never been in the building in the first place..... Leonie Haimson
- Judge in PS 25 Win Asks: Where's the UFT support? “doesn’t the UFT care that the teachers will be put into ATR or the rubber room?” “doesn’t the UFT care that the teachers will be put into ATR or the rubber room?”
The transcript was released of the court case.
There is so much meat in this post by Leonie that you have to read it multiple times to absorb it all. She exposes bad policy and dishonesty by the DOE -- and slimy lies by Elizabeth Rose.
Another excerpt from Leonie:
I had known that a Success elementary school, Success Bed Stuy 3, had already moved into the PS 25 building in the fall of 2016. PS 25 was originally a K-8 school, but several DOE’s decisions had contributed to its enrollment shrinking over time. As of 2004-2005 school year, PS 25 had 773 students throughout grades K-8. In the fall of 2006, the upper grades of PS 25 were separated from the elementary school, creating the Upper School at PS 25 (IS 534), leaving PS 25 to serve only grades K-5. Then in 2016, IS 534 was moved half a mile away and merged with PS 308 Clara Cardwell, a far less successful school with an impact rating of .30, the same year that Success Bed Stuy 3 moved into the building.
Yes, Virginia, there is duplicity at the DOE hand in hand with Evil Eva.
I had heard murmurings about a Success middle school, as Eva Moskowitz had been insistent that DOE had to provide her with more middle school seats, but I hadn’t paid this issue much attention as the DOE had had said that it had no plans for the space that PS 25 would vacate. The only mention of this issue in the EIS proposing PS 25’s closure, dated January 5, 2018, was that: “
Here is a reason to vote for Leonie as the best person in the world and Eva Moskowitz for the worst.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Please send a letter now to Chancellor Carranza to rescind the decision to close PS 25 and allow the school to grow by putting a PreKch and a 3K class in the school for next year.
As described earlier , and in several news articles, Judge Katherine Levine of the Kings County Supreme Court blocked the DOE from closing PS 25 Eubie Blake, and on May 24 extended the temporary restraining order to allow this Bed Stuy public school to remain open at least another year.
Since any changes in zoning lines have to be approved by the local CEC, according to NY Education , this was one of the plaintiffs strongest arguments as no CEC vote has yet occurred. The city’s attorney unconvincingly argued in response that the zoning lines “haven’t been amended. They are currently in existence, there is just no school within it.”
Section 2590-h requires that any change in the utilization of a public school building must follow a certain legal process, including the posting of an EIS at least six months ahead of the next school year, followed by public hearings and a vote of the Panel for Educational Policy.
At the the Success rally in front of City Hall on July 12, Eva Moskowitz excoriated the mayor: “The de Blasio administration throwing kids out onto the street? Does this sound familiar? But this might be a new low for the mayor. Can you imagine how the mayor would react if this was his own kids?”
The day of the rally, she put out a press release, claiming that the school was being “evicted” and that the de Blasio administration was “employing a bureaucratic paperwork loophole to block the school from opening. …. Officials could fix this problem with the stroke of a pen, yet they’ve refused to do so for purely political reasons.”
Note that word “evicted”, though these students had never been in the building in the first place. The press release went on to argue:
“How did it come to this? Earlier this year, the city Department of Education agreed to let Success open four additional middle schools across the city, including Success Academy Lafayette in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. SA Lafayette was a stopgap solution because the city claimed to need more time to find a location in District 15 for Cobble Hill and Williamsburg families, who have been waiting for a permanent middle school location for nearly four years. Out of necessity, Success proposed converting an existing elementary school (SA Bed-Stuy 3) into a middle school and transferring the elementary school students to two nearby Success schools. The city agreed to this plan. [emphasis mine].”
However whether adding a middle school into the building or converting Success Bed Stuy 3 into middle school and moving its current students elsewhere, would entail a change in school utilization, and legally require the process described above. An EIS would have had to be posted no later than March 5, given the six-month mandate outlined in state law and Chancellor’s regs. This never occurred, and it would be too late to occur now, at the end of the school year.
Eva tried to dispute that an EIS would be necessary, but then conceded, “However, even if DOE were correct that an EIS were now required, there is a simple and easy solution.” She proposed that the chancellor skip the required six-month process, by latching on to an exception in the law:
“In the event that the chancellor determines that …. significant change in school utilization is immediately necessary for the preservation of student health, safety or general welfare, the chancellor may temporarily…. adopt a significant change in the school’s utilization on an emergency basis. —Education Law §2590-h(2-a) (f)”.
Yet this section in the law is supposed to be contemplated only in the cases of actual emergencies, like hurricanes or other disasters rendering school buildings uninhabitable, so that entire classes of students would have to attend school in other buildings; it would surely be illegal to cite this exception to allow charter schools to move into buildings at the last minute, with no such rationale.
The day before, Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose had responded to Eva Moskowitz’s press advisory, with a letter, released to the press, that laid out alternatives for space that could be provided to her middle school class of 70 students.
These alternatives included a list of facilities that Success already occupies in Brooklyn, or would next fall that are all within .7 and 3.7 miles of PS 25, totaling more than three thousand available seats, arrayed in four DOE-owned buildings and two stand-alone buildings.
Yet the DOE demographic snapshot also shows that the poverty level of Bed Stuy 3 has dramatically increased from 52.4% to 74.3% this year. Perhaps that’s why Eva is so eager to displace its students, to provide room for the more advantaged (though yes, diverse) Success Academy Cobble Hill students.