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Public Hearing for Pier 6 Towers Scheduled for This Thursday Evening

A public hearing for the proposed towers at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be held this Thursday, July 30th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 180 Remsen Street.   As previously reported, the meeting is the direct result of a lawsuit settlement between People for Green Space Foundation and […]

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Overcrowding Update: P.S. 8 Wait-list Movement, CEC 13 Ramping Up for Re-Zoning

The summer seems to have brought relief to some anxious parents of children wait-listed at P.S. 8.  Though parent advocacy group WeArePS8Too’s request to restore the sixth Kindergarten section at P.S. 8 was denied by the DOE in mid-June, the wait-list now seems to be moving.  The parent network has informed this reporter a family […]

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Class Size Matters to Hold Press Conference This Thursday

Class Size Matters, is scheduled to hold a press conference this Thursday, June 18th at 1:00 pm at City Hall in Lower Manhattan about the need for an expanded capital plan to alleviate school overcrowding.   As previously reported, the organization wrote a joint letter with Public Advocate, Letitia James to Mayor De Blasio and […]

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AltSchool Accepting Applications For 2015-16 School Year

Last fall we reported that AltSchool, a private school founded by a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, would be opening at the corner of Hicks and Montague streets, in the space above Heights Cafe and Della Rocca’s (the address is given as 84 Montague, but the entrance is on the Hicks Street side). The school is accepting […]

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Overcrowding Update: Public Advocate, Letitia James & Class Size Matters Urge DOE to Expand Capital Plan

The City Council of New York released their Report on the Fiscal Year 2015 Executive Budget for the Department of Education and School Construction Authority on June 3rd.  Within it, the Five-Year Capital Plan for Fiscal 2015-2019 totaling $12.8 billion dollars, sets aside $4.4 billion for the construction of 38,754 new school seats (aka, “capacity”). […]

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P.S. 8 Overcrowding: Wait-Listed Parents State Their Case at Community Meeting; DOE ‘Faces the Music’

Numerous elected officials, the District 13 CEC, current and prospective parents from P.S. 8 and P.S. 307 convened in the auditorium of P.S. 287 this past Wednesday evening to hear the presentation by WeArePS8Too.  The parent group represents the fifty children wait-listed for Kindergarten at P.S. 8 and advocates for the restoration of the 6th […]

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P.S. 8 Overcrowding Update: Community Engagement Meeting with DOE Tonight

As previously reported, a Community Engagement meeting with the NYC Department of Education is taking place tonight. The meeting is being held by the District 13 CEC in conjunction with State Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilmember Steve Levin and Assemblyperson Jo Anne Simon.  The gathering is scheduled for 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the Library […]

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P.S. 8 Overcrowding Update: Community Engagement Meeting This Wednesday

The District 13 CEC in conjunction with State Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilmember Steve Levin and Assemblyperson Jo Anne Simon will hold a Community Engagement meeting with the New York City Department of Education this Wednesday, May 13th.   The gathering is scheduled for 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the Library of P.S. 287, 50 Navy […]

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Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners

Parents of children both admitted for Kindergarten at P.S. 8 and those wait-listed for 2015 have joined together and launched a Change.org petition.  They urge the DOE to re-instate six Kindergarten classes for the fall of 2015 and to publicly engage the community to create meaningful medium and long-term solutions to overcrowding. “Warnings to the […]

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Rude Awakening-P. S. 8 Waitlists 40% of Kindergarten Applicants

It’s official. For the first time, P.S. 8 has a wait-list for Kindergarten.  Placements  were announced Tuesday morning and for many families it was a rude awakening.  Just before Spring break there was a glimmer of hope.  Sources suggested that public reaction to the decision to cut back to five Kindergarten classes had created enough […]

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