(the much-discussed bike corral)
Some things that came through ILFA's inbox over the past few days - there is, as always, much to be discussed:
- Local journalist Maya Lau, who contributed a review of Catfish to ILFA in January, wrote an article about the bike corral spat for the NYT's CityRoom blog. 94 comments and counting...
- The Root talked to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke about the challenges Caribbean immigrants face in Brooklyn (this issue is certainly contentious at the national level, but this article isn't, particularly).
- Anticipating future spats, DNA Info voiced concerns about the timing of the CHCA's upcoming Town Hall meeting (planned, in part, to address issues raised in connection with the bike corral).
- LaunchPad has another great slate of events coming up this weekend, including performances, live jazz, and improv comedy (which can sometimes be contentious - I'm reaching here, but wanted to give them a shout).
- The WAGPOPS (Williamsburg and Greenpoint Parents for Our Public Schools) passed this email regarding charter co-locations along. The Brooklynians have been discussing these issues for some time.
Dear parents and school communities,
You may have been contacted by Citizens of the World Charter Schools recently to enroll your child in their lottery or help them spread the word about their schools opening in Crown Heights and Williamsburg.
We are concerned about the misinformation you may have received about Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC) and urge you to find out more before applying to CWC or offering them a platform to speak to your communities.
Hundreds of local parents have launched a lawsuit against the SUNY charter school authorizers to stop CWC from opening. Here's the paperwork on our lawsuit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/
Every elected official in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, including US Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, NYState Senator Martin Dilan, NYState Assemblymen Joe Lentol, City Councilmember Steve Levin, City Councilmember Diana Reyna, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Community Education Council 14, District Leadership Council 14, and Community Board 1, oppose Citizens of the World Charter Schools.
As of two weeks ago, articles that criticized CWC became harder to find (unless you google "Citizens of the World" with "scandals" or "segregation"). Enrollment in the CWC lottery is approaching and CWC does not want parents to know the reasons why parents have been trying to stop them from opening.
The story of how CWC came to Brooklyn:
A Village Voice article about CWC and Success Academy:
NYC Public School Parents' take on CWC - exposing corruption, financial instability, management issues, and the impact on nearby neighborhood public schools:
An interview and background on WAGPOPS!:
Two articles about CWC relating to how their choice leads to our segregated schools:
An article from a Los Angeles parent fighting Citizens of the World Silver Lake
We encourage you to consider your neighborhood schools. You'll find that even though your neighborhood public schools don't have fancy Powerpoint presentations or a marketing/PR budget of almost $150,000 (that's the CWC marketing/PR budget using our tax dollars), they do offer a constructivist curriculum, diversity in the classroom, arts/science/sports, balanced literacy, project based learning, and the opportunity to genuinely engage with your child's school.
Our lawsuit is pending. In the mean time, public school families in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and across NYC rely on the support of other parents and community members to preserve the promise of public education to serve all of our children and ensure that every neighborhood public school is excellent.
Should you have any questions or want more information, please don't hesitate to email us.
Williamsburg and Greenpoint Parents: Our Public Schools!
Representing parents from PS31, PS34, PS110, PS414, PS84, PS147, PS380, PS132, IS318, JHS126, etc.,