A First Meeting with City Councilman Steve Levin

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 ...

Bill Is Passed to Make Kindergarten Mandatory for 5-Year-Olds

This will most likely impact the schools in our area by increasing the total attendance numbers. “State lawmakers in Albany voted this week to make kindergarten mandatory for all 5-year-olds in New York City, lowering the required age for schooling by one year. Proponents of the measure, which awaits the governor’s approval, praised the move as a ...

Welcome to the group

Welcome, We started this group to address an issue that is of great concern to us and many other residents of the area that we’ve talked to: schools. We are spearheading an effort to advocate for more high-quality options and would like your help. Some of you may already know that the schools surrounding Downtown ...