Education Update: DOE to Unveil Final Re-Zoning Proposal on Nov 23rd, PEP to Vote on Middle School Relocation


CEC President, David Goldsmith has confirmed the DOE’s Office of District Planning will present the official re-zoning proposal on November 23rd.  The meeting is scheduled to take place 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women (283 Adams Street).  Comments may still be submitted via the CEC’s webform. No word if any changes will be incorporated into the proposal based on feedback gathered during the extended period of community engagement.  The “drop dead” deadline for the CEC to vote on the re-zoning is January 5, 2016.


As previously reported, the Kindergarten Admissions period will open on December 7th and close on January 15, 2016, one month earlier than last year.  Given this timeline, parents will know the outcome of the re-zoning in time to finalize their applications and prioritize their school choices.    Downtown Brooklyn School solutions has created an excellent primer on the available education options.


Simultaneous to the re-zoning, the DOE has proposed the re-siting of M.S. 313-the Middle School currently co-located at P.S. 307- to the new Dock Street School (K611) in Dumbo.   The proposal has drawn criticism from some members of the CEC.  The CEC website invites parents to “please join Superintendent Barbara Freeman and the MS 313 Working Group [at a series of meetings] to discuss ideas for the redesign of MS 313, and what District 13 parents want for our middle schools.”

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm P.S. 133 William A Butler, 610 Baltic St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
  • Monday, November 16, 2015: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm P.S. 307 Daniel Hale Williams, 209 York St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Monday, November 30, 2015: 6:30 pm – 8 :30 pm, P.S. 11, Purvis J Behan Elementary School, 419 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11238

The Panel for Education Policy (PEP) is scheduled to vote on the middle school relocation proposal on November 19th, 6:00 pm at M.S. 131, 100 Hester Street, NYC, 10002.  Per the meeting agenda, parents may sign up to make public comments on November 19th.  While the CEC has no power to vote on the re-siting proposal, they encourage parents who are unable to attend these scheduled middle school forums to submit their ideas and feedback regarding D13 Middle Schools via their website.  Written public comments will be accepted through November 18th.

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