Push for New D1 School on SPURA Site

“Smart development means anticipating and addressing projected community impacts before they reach a critical point,” said Council member Margaret Chin. “That is why I worked with the SPURA Task Force to strongly advocate for a public school as part of the project — to serve the hundreds of working families that will make this community their home in the coming years. It is important that the city develop these new school seats in the SPURA site now, rather than waiting until school overcrowding is at a crisis.”

Chin had previously signed on to a Nov. 27 letter to D.O.E. — along with state Senator Daniel Squadron (who organized the letter), Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Borough President Scott Stringer and Council member Rosie Mendez — urging the agency to include funding for the SPURA school in its 2015-2019 budget.”

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Middle School applications are due by DECEMBER 13TH !!

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Kidergarten Application process begins January, 13th 2014 and ends on February 14th, 2014.

Placement offers will begin coming in April and pre-registration will take place late April.

As previously piloted in District 1, families will now be able to register online using Kindergarten Connect

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Regents Research Fund – NY State

Click here for an interesting article from the Times Union discussing the possible implications of a privately funded research group working with the NY State Education Department.

“Supported with $19 million in donations from some of the nation’s wealthiest philanthropists, the Regents Research Fund team makes up a little-known think tank within the education agency. It is helping drive reforms that affect the state’s 3.1 million public school students and employees of almost 700 school districts. The three-year-old operation, which now comprises 27 full-time staffers and a half-time intern, is unique in public education systems nationwide.”

Appeal to fight co-location at L.E.S. high school

The co-location at University Neighborhood High School with a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) School has been a hot bed issue in District 1. Several stakeholders, including political figures as well as the CEC, have publicly  opposed the plan.

Check out this article for more details about the situation as well as what’s been happening since the approval of the plan by the Panel for Education Policy (PEP) this past October.