CEC1 Business Meeting

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Here’s the agenda for CEC1’s March Business meeting, this Wednesday, March 1 at 6pm at PS 20 (166 Essex St.). Join us for our Calendar meeting on Wednesday, March 29 for a discussion of testing and a presentation on Fair Student Funding!

Presentation on Students in Temporary Housing, 2/8/17

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Please join us for a presentation on Students in Temporary Housing by Liza Pappas, Education Policy and Budget Analyst at the Independent Budget Office. Part of a discussion on Housing & Education at the:
*  CEC1 Calendar & Business Meeting (Agenda)
*  Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:00pm
*  PS 20 (166 Essex St.)
*  Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP for childcare to cec1@schools.nyc.gov.

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Tonight: Rally Opposing DeVos & Rally Against Hate

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Rally Opposing DeVos
The Panel for Educational Policy is holding a Special Calendar Meeting tonight at 5:30 at Tweed to vote on a proposed resolution opposing the confirmation of nominee Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education of the United States. Join parents and education advocates for a rally on the steps beforehand: 5:00pm outside of 52 Chambers St.

Rally Against Hate
Muslim students make up nearly 10% of school enrollment citywide. Show your support for these students and their families, and for NYC’s vast immigrant population, at a Rally Against Hate at Tompkins Square Park tonight at 6:30.
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Pre-K Segregation
Pre-K programs throughout NYC are segregated, and DOE officials say it’s because “families send their students to pre-K’s closest to their home.” But this doesn’t adequately reflect the causes and extent of socio-economic and racial isolation, especially in a small, diverse, choice-based district like ours, where schools blocks apart–even schools that share buildings–have stark enrollment differences.

Housing & Education
Please join us at our calendar/business meeting on February 8, 2017 for a discussion of Housing & Education:
*  Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:00pm
*  PS 20 (166 Essex St.)
*  Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP for childcare to cec1@schools.nyc.gov.

Profoundly Unqualified

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Calendar Meeting
We’ve sent D1 schools’ capital requests to the School Construction Authority. Please join us at our January 25th calendar meeting for a presentation by the SCA on the capital plan amendment and a public comment opportunity (Agenda).
*  Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:00pm
*  PS 20 (166 Essex St.)
*  Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP for childcare to cec1@schools.nyc.gov.
CEC Elections Announced
Applications for membership on CECs and citywide councils open February 9th. See nycparentleaders.org, the DoE’s announcement, and the DoE’s council page for information.
Resolution Opposing DeVos as Secretary of Education
CEC1 passed a resolution opposing the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. Thanks to CEC3 for the language of this resolution, which explains that DeVos is profoundly unqualified for the job of supporting the nation’s public schools. Check out Senator Elizabeth Warren’s letter to DeVos for more details, and the Times‘ “Big Worries About Betsy DeVos.”
Public Meeting: Two Bridges
Share concerns about the public input process surrounding new housing developments on the Lower East Side. A public meeting about the Environmental Review Process for three new developments in Two Bridges will be hosted by JDS Development Group, Starrett Development Group, and Two Bridges Associates:
*  Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
*  Shuang Wen School (PS 184: 327 Cherry St.)
*  Food will be provided. Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish translation will be available. (See flyer in Spanish and Chinese and twobridgeseis.com).
Jamaal Bowman
Middle school principal and author of The Tyranny of Standardized Testing and Holistic Schools will speak on January 23, 2017 at 6:30pm at The Neighborhood School (121 E. 3rd St.).
Kindergarten Applications
Kindergarten Applications are due Friday, January 13. You can apply online, over the phone, or in person at 333 Seventh Avenue. Check out the District 1 Kindergarten Directory. The DoE also provides the links below for help with the application process.
*  Online Application
*  Website (information and resources about Kindergarten Admissions)
*  Email (the Kindergarten Admissions email list to get the latest updates and key date reminders)
*  Phone: 718-935-2009 (for questions about Kindergarten Admissions).
Pre-Kindergarten Applications
The Pre-K application window runs from January 17 through February 24. Visit the Pre-K Admissions website and see the 2017 Pre-K Directory for Manhattan programs. See our Pre-K Admissions page for more information from the directory.
In the News
City to Close or Merge 9 Schools That Were in Support Program (New York Times, 1/6/17)
Brooklyn parent council dives into debate on how to integrate middle schools (Chalkbeat, 1/5/17)
Save the Dates
*  D1 Title 1 Training Part 2: 2/7/17, 5:30-7:00pm, PS 20 Cafeteria (166 Essex St.)
*  CEC1 Calendar and Business Meeting: 2/8/17, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)

Meetings: January 2017

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Capital Plan Committee Meeting
CEC1’s Capital Plan Committee will meet Friday morning to prioritize CSD1 capital requests:
*  Capital Plan Committee Meeting: Friday, January 6 at 8am, Room 126, PS 20 (166 Essex St)
Please join CEC1’s January 25th calendar meeting for a presentation of the capital plan amendment by the SCA and public comment opportunity: 6pm at PS 20.

Upcoming Dates
*  CCELL Calendar and Business Meeting, Language Access Workshop: 1/5/2017, 6:00pm, 52 Chambers St.
*  CCHS Public Hearing on Capital Plan Amendment (focusing on high schools in all boroughs): 1/6/17, 6:00-8:00pm, 52 Chambers St. Translated flyer. Link to RSVP.
*  CCSE Calendar Meeting: “Transitioning Out of High School”: 1/10/2017, 6:00pm, 52 Chambers St.
*  CEC1 Business Meeting: 1/11/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.). Agenda.
*  CEC1 Calendar Meeting: 1/25/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.) – Capital Plan Hearing
*  CEC1 Calendar and Business Meeting: 2/8/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)

K and Pre-K Application Windows, 2016-2017

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Kindergarten Applications
Kindergarten applications are due on Friday, January 13, 2017. You can apply online, over the phone, or in person at 333 Seventh Avenue. Check out the District 1 Kindergarten Directory. The DoE also provides the links below for help with the application process.
*  Online Application
*  Website (information and resources about Kindergarten Admissions)
*  Email (the Kindergarten Admissions email list to get the latest updates and key date reminders)
*  Phone: 718-935-2009 (for questions about Kindergarten Admissions)
Notes from the directory:
*  District 1 is a choice district, and all schools in the district are called “Choice Schools.” There are no zoned schools in the district. Children living in District 1 have priority to attend all schools in the district.
*  All children living in NYC who were born in 2012 will begin kindergarten in September 2017. All children born in 2012 are guaranteed a kindergarten seat in school. Once your child starts kindergarten, they can remain at that school until its final grade.
*  Admission is not first-come, first-served. All applications received online, by phone, or in person by the January 13, 2017 deadline are treated the same based on admissions priorities. Offer letters will be sent to families in March 2017, and the pre-registration deadline will be in April.
*  All families seeking a kindergarten seat should submit an application, including current pre-K students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners.
*  Current pre-K students do not automatically stay at their school for kindergarten.
*  Only one application can be processed per child and only the primary custodial parent/guardian can submit an application.
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Pre-K Applications
The Pre-K application window runs from January 17 through February 24. Visit the Pre-K Admissions website and see the 2017 Pre-K Directory for Manhattan programs. See our Pre-K Admissions page for more information from the directory.

Upcoming Dates
*  CCELL Calendar and Business Meeting: Language Access Workshop, 1/5/2017, 6:00pm, 52 Chambers St.
*  CCSE Calendar Meeting: “Transitioning Out of High School,” 1/10/2017, 6:00pm, 52 Chambers St.
*  CEC1 Business Meeting, 1/11/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)
*  CEC1 Calendar Meeting, 1/25/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.) – Capital Plan Hearing
*  CEC1 Calendar and Business Meeting, 2/8/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)

Capital Requests to School Construction Authority & Borough President’s Office

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Collect Your Capital Requests!

CEC1 has asked Community School District 1 principals to begin collecting their capital requests. This should involve a collaborative process among school leaders, staff, SLT members, PA/PTA members, and other interested community members. The School Construction Authority (SCA) has indicated that it will only accept capital requests for District 1 from the CEC, and not from individual schools. We have asked school leaders to submit requests to us by January 4, 2017.

In developing requests, school communities should look at the 2015-2019 capital plan amendment, the SCA’s response to last year’s D1 capital requests, and the school’s Building Condition Assessment Survey (BCAS). The BCAS can be found online at your school’s portal (http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/01/your school (for example: M020)) under Statistics & Budget, and then Building/School Facilities Report.

Members of the SCA will attend CEC1’s January 25th calendar meeting to present a summary of the amendment and solicit public comments. We hope you’ll join us at 6pm at PS 20 for the meeting.

Manhattan Borough President’s Capital Funding Awards

Another source of funding for public school capital projects is now open: the Manhattan Borough President’s Capital Funding Awards for FY 2018.

To increase the likelihood of projects being funded, schools can request the same capital improvements from the BP’s office that they request from the SCA (see above). The BP’s office encourages all groups that apply for capital funding to meet with the BP’s budget staff to discuss the proposed capital project. To schedule a meeting, emailbudget@manhattanbp.nyc.gov.

The application (Manhattan Borough President’s Office City Capital Funding Application) must be submitted through the Borough President’s Grant Portal system. Each organization should only have one account; with your account, you are allowed to submit multiple applications. The deadline is February 14, 2017 for all projects requesting funding from BPs (including those also requesting funding from the City Council).

City entities (public schools, etc.) with questions should contact Debbie Timothy, Capital Budget Analyst, at dtimothy@manhattanbp.nyc.gov.

Upcoming Dates 
*  Panel for Educational Policy Meeting, 12/21/16, 6:00pm, 225 W 24th St. (Manhattan)
*  CEC1 Business Meeting, 1/11/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)
*  CEC1 Calendar Meeting, 1/25/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.) – Capital Plan Hearing
*  CEC1 Calendar and Business Meeting, 2/8/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)

12/14 Calendar & Business Meeting, Charter Renewal Comments, Homeless Students, and More

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Calendar and Business Meeting, Dec. 14, 6pm
Join us on Wednesday night for a discussion of district planning and updates:
*  a presentation from NYCDoE’s Office of District Planning
*  a discussion of the 2015-2019 capital plan amendment, the School Construction Authority’s response to last year’s D1 capital requests, and the capital request process*
*  superintendent’s report
Check out the agenda for Wed. Dec. 14 from 6:00-8:30pm at PS 20 (166 Essex St.) (Translated notice). Light refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please email cec1@schools.nyc.gov if you will need childcare.
**DoE representatives will give their capital plan presentation at our January 25 calendar meeting

Charter Renewal Comments
We attended the Manhattan Charter School II renewal hearing last week and sent our comments to the DoE and the SUNY Charter Schools Institute. The comments focused on families’ concerns about school environment and academic supports and on the broken public oversight process.

Homeless Students 
Two articles last week detailed the extent to which homeless students are underserved in many NYC charter schools and in many traditional public schools. The majority are “concentrated in a relatively small number of schools,” including some in District 1. Chancellor Fariña referred to this as “clustering.”

The SIPP grant to District 1 is intended to help reduce this socioeconomic isolation and the disproportionate concentration of these at-risk students in a handful of under-resourced schools. The Socioeconomic Integration work group made recommendations last year aligned with these intentions.

Teen Program for Middle Schoolers
A reminder to apply for Vision Urbana and Grand Street Settlement’s Teen Center Cornerstone Program. Email or call the Teen Center Director at (646) 626-9748.

High School Newsletter
Check out the D1 & D2 high school newsletter from Superintendent Marisol Rosales.

Upcoming Dates 
CEC1 Calendar & Business Meeting, 12/14/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)
Citywide Council on High Schools Cal. & Bus. Meeting, 12/14/16, 6:00-8:45pm, 52 Chambers
Panel for Educational Policy Meeting, 12/21/16, 6:00pm, 225 W 24th St. (Manhattan)
CEC1 Business Meeting, 1/11/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)
CEC1 Calendar Meeting, 1/25/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)
CEC1 Calendar and Business Meeting, 2/8/16, 6-8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)

Integration Updates & Band-Aids

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ŸŸŸ*  DoE puts socio-economic integration on indefinite hold in D1
Ÿ*  CEC1 and community members believe district-wide integration is feasible, this year
*  New School report released Wednesday agrees, recommends “Five Steps to Integrate New York City Elementary Schools”
*  DoE, “can do much more to address deep segregation in its public schools, such as…moving ahead with an admissions plan aimed at lowering segregation on the Lower East Side” report concludes (Politico, 11/30/16)
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Kate Taylor, The New York Times, 11/18/16
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Beth Fertig, WNYC, 11/18/16
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Eliza Shapiro, Politico, 11/30/16

“Lastly, the report recommends that the city allow parents on the Lower East Side to forge ahead with a plan to introduce controlled choice in District 1. Under controlled choice, low-income incoming Kindergarten students would be distributed among the neighborhood’s elementary schools in order to create a more integrated district. But that proposal was recently put on hold by the Department of Education, although officials say it could still be implemented some time in 2018.” 

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Lindsey Christ, NY1, 11/30/16

“Parents on the Lower East Side say the city is standing in the way of them putting their plan in place by September.  ‘It has been a challenge, to say the least,’ said one parent.”

*  Last week, CEC 1 sent a letter to the State Education Department asking for assistance in seeing that the DoE implement socio-economic integration in District 1
*  The letter outlined the grant process to date and community questions and concerns.

The letter asks about the current status of the Grant, clarification on who submits the proposed plan for approval, what level of transparency can be expected by the community, how to ensure authentic collaboration, whether resources from the grant can be diverted from the grant activities to fulfill unrelated educational goals and activities that do not further SES integration, and whether the NYSED can intervene to enforce the grant implementation time line.

Appendices to the letter detailed specific issues regarding transparency, the grant budget and process, collaboration efforts, and DoE arguments against the feasibility of integration.
The State awarded the grant (a $1,250,000 3-year grant to the DoE in July 2015) and is therefore uniquely able to help demand that DoE live up to our hopes and their promises.  With that in mind, we also asked for assistance in seeing that the DoE outline (at minimum) a public plan that would allow for 2017-2018 Pre-Kindergarten integration.
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*  Do you want to help? Please let us know. There is wide interest in the desegregation effort in District 1. Media requests, organizing efforts, and community outreach and education can all use your ideas and expertise.  Thank you!

Band Aids
*  The DOE still hasn’t delivered the district-wide solution that has been promised.
*  What impact will this have on the segregation in many other D1 schools?
*  The community is questioning whether the DOE is a good-faith partner.
Diversity in Admissions Pilots

*  “While many advocates consider expanding the roster of the diversity initiative to 19 schools an important step, questions remain whether a piecemeal approach to integration of New York City public schools can put a dent in what is among the most segregated school districts in the nation.
*  “These tentative steps move a limited number of schools in the right direction but these ‘set asides’ alone distract from the many other strategies urgently needed to improve educational opportunities for all students,” said David Bloomfield, an education professor at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
*  “‘Set asides’ help to racially balance disproportionately white, wealthier student enrollments but do little to improve — and may harm — nearby schools, some so segregated that they are called ‘apartheid schools’ by a recent UCLA study of segregated schooling in New York.”

Diversity-Based Admissions Coming to 12 More City Schools, Amy Zimmer, DNAinfo, 10/21/2016
9 Questions

2 more D1 elementary schools (now a total of 4) were added to the DOE’s Diversity in Admission pilots.  50% of seats have been set-aside at these schools for certain students:

*  Why only these categories of at-risk students (FRPL and ELL) and not other categories of students segregated in district schools?
*  Why a 50% set-aside and not closer to district averages?
*  Why these schools and why not then the other 12 elementary schools in the district?
*  Why at all, considering the community support for a district-wide plan? [Presidents Council Letter, signed on to by the CEC on 10/19/16]
*  Why at all, considering the potential for negative impact on other district schools?
*  Why at all, when there hasn’t been any evidence that the pilot was working?

Since any positive effects pale in comparison to the benefits of a district-wide solution, uniquely suited to un-zoned D1 and available for implementation in D1 thanks to the SIPP Grant:

*  Why haven’t the Deputy Chancellor Josh Wallack and the head of the OSE, Rob Sanft, made a commitment to implement the SIPP Grant?
*  Why is there one standard for the Diversity in Admissions pilot and another for the SIPP Grant?  [CEC Resolution of 10/19/16]
*  Why has the DOE sat on the workgroup recommendations for 7 months now?

For example:
Looking at city data from 2014-2015, there are 9 elementary schools in CSD that disproportionately enroll students with families who qualify for free or reduced price lunch (FRPL).  What impact will the Diversity in Admissions pilots have on these schools?

*  PS 15 – over 90%
*  PS 20 – over 90%
*  PS 34 – over 90%
*  PS 63 – over 80%
*  PS 64 – over 90%
*  PS 134 – over 90%
*  PS 140 – over 90%
*  PS 142 – over 90%
*  PS 188 – over 90%

See more on CEC1’s questions about “Diversity in Admissions” Plans

 

 

Calendar & Business Meeting, 11/16/16

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Join us at PS 20 for our next Calendar and Business Meeting on Wednesday, November 16th at 6pm. The focus will be the SIPP Grant and Committee Updates (Agenda).

Light refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please email cec1@schools.nyc.gov if you will need childcare.

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