On May 15th, 2013 Rosie testified against the proposed co-location of five Success Academy Charter Schools scheduled to be located at Norman Thomas High School commencing in the Fall of 2014. Officially, the Department of Education is proposing that Success Academy expand and provide schooling through High School for students in their elementary and middle schools. Rosie stated: “It is inconceivable to me that the proposed co-location of these schools to building M620 is a result of the Department of Education asking Success Academy to expand their services to provide high school education. Furthermore, it begs to question how this proposal serves the alleged robust parental demand for charter schools as these seats will mainly be filled by students already attending Success Academy middle schools. This continuum of schooling—elementary, middle and high school—highly mirrors that of a private school.” Further, Rosie expressed concern about the fact that the Educational Impact Statement for this proposal clearly states that the “co-location may change the way that programs are configured” and “some activities may need to share classroom space or the scheduling of these activities may change as a result of greater demands on the available space during or after school hours.” Given the history of co-locations in our schools, Rosie emphatically requested that the proposal be denied.
If you would like to submit written testimony with respect to this co-location, please email your thoughts to: D02Proposals@schools.nyc.gov
The Panel for Educational Policy meeting to vote on the Success Academy HS proposal will be held on June 19th at 6:00 PM at Prospect Heights Campus located at 883 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225.
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