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DeBlasio Announces Hybrid Back-To-School Plans For September

Amid the reports of dangerous spikes of Covid-19 across the country, Mayor DeBlasio announced on July 8th NYC public schools will open in September on a “hybrid” schedule. The tentative plan entails three versions of staggered in-school instruction. Protocols include mandatory masks for children, teachers, and staff and nightly deep cleanings of school facilities. In a letter […]

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DOE Announces New Remote-Learning Grading Policy

It’s been 48 days since Friday, March 13th, the day students last attended NYC public schools before they were officially shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Private schools closed on Wednesday, March 11th just prior to their scheduled two-week spring break). Not that anyone’s counting. Oh, who are we kidding? EVERYONE has been counting, Parents and caregivers certainly […]

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Education Intel: Testing Forum Monday Eve & Upcoming Middle School Admissions Brainstorming Sessions

With initial signs pointing to the successful rezoning of P.S. 8 and P.S. 307, the CEC and DOE are turning their focus toward two pressing issues: standardized testing and the development of quality middle schools with equal access for all District 13 students. TESTING: April means one thing for 3rd through 8th grade students attending […]

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District 13 Re-Zoning & Kindergarten Admissions: What Parents Need to Know

RE-ZONING VOTE DELAYED: Turns out what was thought to be the “Official Re-Zoning Proposal” (presented to a panel of District 13 CEC members on September 30th) was actually, not.  WNYC’s Schoolbook reports the DOE has extended the re-zoning timeline for two months.  (The CEC confirmed the change came mere hours before their Working Session Meeting […]

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The Elephant in the Room: P.S. 8 Re-Zoning Town Hall Meeting Re-Cap

On Wednesday night, at the first of two town scheduled town hall meetings, representatives of the DOE’s Department of District Planning presented their draft re-zoning proposal for Brooklyn Heights’ P.S. 8 at P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill.  The proposal was presented to the CEC on September 1st.  As previously reported, it essentially cuts the current […]

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Re-Zoning Update: DOE to Discuss Draft Scenarios at CEC’s 9/1 Business Meeting

CEC13Brooklyn made the following announcement on Sunday morning: “On Friday, August 28, the New York City Department of Education’s Office of District Planning (DOE – ODP) requested placement on the Agenda for the CEC’s public business meeting on Tuesday, September 1. The ODP intends to share with the CEC and the public at least one […]

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DOE Says CEC Will Have Plans for P.S. 8 Re-Zoning By August 31st

The District 13 Community Education Council (CEC) has just announced the DOE’s Office of District Planning is working to deliver a school re-zoning proposal to them by August 31st.   The CEC expects the plan to reduce the P.S. 8 zone in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, affecting both P.S. 8 and P.S. 307.  The CEC has […]

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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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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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Happy Days: P.S. 8 Gets an “A”

The Department of Education has issued its school grades and Brooklyn Heights’ P.S. 8 is has received an “A” after being granted a very controversial “F” in last year’s report and a “C” in 2007.  Read the full DOE report here. NY Post: At PS 8, one of 10 schools that boomeranged from F last […]

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