We’re a grassroots association of more than 300 families who live in and around Downtown Brooklyn who are concerned about the most important issue impacting our children: schools. We believe that all families have the right to send their children to high-performing schools that aren’t overcrowded. Since 2012 we’ve advocated for the DOE to build new elementary schools in Downtown Brooklyn, the fastest growing neighborhood in the city. We formed this group to meet with local officials and pressure them into action and are now happy to report that this past spring the first concrete step towards achieving this goal occurred when the School Construction Authority funded thousands of new school seats in the neighborhood in their latest capital plan.
Here are some basic numbers that explain why we need new schools:
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- Nearly 15,000 people have moved to Downtown Brooklyn in the last 10 years and that number will triple in the next 5-10 years thanks to the rezoning of the neighborhood and resulting residential building boom…that’s a small city’s worth!
- In 2004, the city expected 979 residential units to be built as a result of the rezoning – 4 years from now there will be more than 22,000 new units built since then.
- It is projected that more than 4000 new elementary school-aged children will eventually call Downtown Brooklyn home yet there is currently only around 100 excess seats in the zoned schools in the surrounding neighborhoods (where new developments also continue to add more children.)
- Projections show that more than 1000 middle schoolers will also be moving to the neighborhood.
We also want to inform families about all the different elementary school options available to them (beyond their zoned school) so that you can find the right school for your children. Our blog and Facebook page are places where you can get up to date news and information about school-related issues that affect residents of Downtown Brooklyn. We invite representatives of public, private, and charter schools that serve the neighborhood to connect with our group.
Please join our bid to make sure that Downtown Brooklyn becomes a great place to live and raise children in addition to being the exciting hub of retail, higher-education, entertainment, and high-tech business that it is fast becoming. If you’re interested in helping out or just want to be kept up to date with what is going on with the schools in our area, please sign up to our newsletter.
– Chris and Erin,
residents of Downtown Brooklyn and parents of a 3rd grader.
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