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Recap: Chancellor Farina District 13 Town Hall

On Tuesday night, the District 13 CEC hosted a Town Hall with School Chancellor Carmen Farina at P.S. 256 Benjamin Banneker School in Bed-Stuy. The Chancellor responded to a series of five “big-topic” questions pre-determined by the CEC (culled from their collective experience, PTA President’s council and public feedback) Parents then had a chance to […]

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Is the School Rezoning A Success? Early Signs Say Yes

Families were sent their Kindergarten admissions offers letters on Tuesday.  As reported by Politico, the re-zoning of P.S. 8 an P.S 307 shows early signs of success.  Unlike last year, there is no wait list for P.S. 8 and 148 students were offered a seat at the school.  Historically there is about 20% attrition among […]

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CEC Sets Date for Re-Zone Vote, Debates Pros & Cons of Proposal

The District 13 CEC held a Working Session meeting this past Tuesday night.  Several items were on the agenda but the merits of the P.S. 8 and P.S. 307 re-zoning proposal was by far the longest and most multi-faceted debate of the evening. First, members approved a special session for the re-zoning vote.  The vote […]

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Over-Development Dominates Squadron Town Hall Discussion

As a follow up to his Seventh Annual Community Convention held this past April, State Senator Daniel Squadron held a Town Hall at Brooklyn Law school on Wednesday night.  The full Convention Report was made available to all attendees.  In his opening remarks, Senator Squadron emphasized his belief in “participatory government” adding, “State Government has […]

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

RE-ZONING PROPOSAL: 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 […]

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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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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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