The Problem with P.S. 8 6

The Problem with P.S. 8
Much has been made of the successful turnaround story of P.S. 8 The Robert Fulton School in Brooklyn Heights.  P.S. 8’s sprawling school zone draws from across Brooklyn Heights, parts of Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO and Vinegar Hill, to the Navy Yard. The once failing school was avoided by the residents of the nearby brownstones, yet under ...

Charter Schools: The Wild Card

Charter Schools: The Wild Card
Downtown Brooklyn currently lacks options for high-quality elementary schools, so one solution for parents to consider is the current and new charter schools looking to start up in District 15 and 13.  Since a new zoned public elementary school to serve the neighborhood is at least a year and a half away (likely more), charter schools represent ...

Levin and James On the Record: In Favor of a New School for DoBro

BIG NEWS – Tish James and Steve Levin have both gone on the record in support of building a new school in Downtown Brooklyn As I mentioned in a previous post, I met with Councilman Levin to talk schools and he suggested I attend a city council committee hearing regarding lowering of parking minimums. It ...

A First Meeting with City Councilman Steve Levin 1

When we started this group a few months back to advocate for a new school to be started in Downtown Brooklyn, we expected that it might be a difficult sell to the local politicians.  Well it turns out that we have an important ally in the cause, Councilman Steven Levin who represents most of neighborhood. ...

Come learn about the new Success Academy Charter School opening in Fort Greene in 2013-2014

Success Academy charter school opening in west Fort Greene in 2013-14.  The schools’ organizers will be holding an informational meeting next week at the Belltel Lofts (365 Bridge St) so that interested parents can find out more about the plans for the schools and learn about their philosophies.   If you are at all curious ...

Innovative new charter school looking to move into District 13

The Odyssey Initiative is looking to open a progressive new charter school in 2014-15. We just heard them speak, and sounds like an interesting approach.  Here is an article about them: Academic Voyagers on BRINK http://www.dailybrink.com/?p=5222 They are hosting meetings with interested groups of parents to hear what they are looking for in a school ...

Tucker Reed of DBP on the hot seat at Community Board meeting regarding schools

At a recent CB2 meeting, the several board members raised the issue of schools. Board member Nancy Wolf was concerned about the children in the neighborhood. “What are the plans for the new school?” she asked. “Because I know that the nearby schools have had a lot of pressure accommodating students out of district.” Reed ...