Parents Claim Victory Over DOE in Marine Park IS 278

Dont Dismiss Our Kids

HLA Protest 2009 - Which brings the score Marine Park: 2 DOE: 0

Wow!

Unofficial word is spreading that the parents, teachers, and Marine Park community have won yet another battle with the Department of Education. The DOE has pulled the idea of putting the New American Academy or any school in Marine Park IS 278 for the upcoming school year.

We are told, that persistent parent and community pressure as well as strong letters from Anthony Weiner, Marty Golden, Lew Fidler, Alan Maisel, was the tipping point for the decision, made by Chancellor Black.

As of right now there is nothing officially planned for the September school year, so stay tuned.

 

26 comments to Parents Claim Victory Over DOE in Marine Park IS 278

  • Niko

    That’s terrific news. The idea was a poor one. But can anyone tell me why there is a “surplus” of space in the school and why can’t the school be allowed to utlize it as they see fit?

  • kerrin o'neill

    well i had heard one valid reason was that if the school got filled up with the charter section, then there was a possibility that there wouldnt be room for local kids in the years coming-that it could be a real possibility local kids would need to bused out….

  • Anonymous

    Now we need is for the parents in the area to stop sending their kids to Cunningham, overrated and overcrowded, and to other schools out of the district. There is no reason to send your kids all over the place when there is a perfectly good school in the neighborhood. Many parents dismiss it as an option when it is really a great school, with great teacher, cutting edge technology and excellent programs.

  • […] Lew Fidler has confirmed rumors first published on GerritsenBeach.net that the persistence of parents and the community, including strong letters from the local elected, […]

  • Retrofresh

    Maybe there’s still hope for getting an ASD Nest program. So many kids need that placement.

  • […] Lew Fidler has confirmed rumors first published on GerritsenBeach.net that the persistence of parents and the community, including strong letters from the local elected, […]

  • Retrofresh

    This Way Pharmacy on Quentin had the petition to add an ASD Nest program to I.S. 278. They let me have a copy, and I scanned it. So, if anyone would like to have it and get some signatures, please download it here (http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm154/prontopix/IS278ASDNestpetition.jpg).

    Who do we return completed petitions to? I don’t know but when I find out I’ll post it here.

  • Anonymous

    We should be thankful to the parents who fought so hard for our kids.

  • Terri

    Is the public hearing meeting regarding this issue still on for March 14th??

  • Donna

    I am so glad to hear this-I don’t know how many times I called Golden’s and Winer’s office telling them about this!

    Now we need to get that NEST program in there!

  • kerrin o'neill

    what is the NEST program?

  • Dscutaro

    It is program for high functioning kids who have autism. They wanted to put a 6-12 program there because there is none in Brooklyn. There is a NEST program at PS 222 for K-5 but after they complete that, the students would have to go to Queens to continue.

    • Retrofresh

      There’s a Nest in Brooklyn at MS 447 on Dean St & 3rd Ave. That’s only for about 10 kids in each grade – 6, 7 & 8. I don’t know how many seats they have in the Rockaway school. But it’s pitiful that this program is taking so long to get set up in middle schools all over NYC. The first EVER high school Nest program is starting in September at Millennium Brooklyn on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. It’s about time.

      • Dscutaro

        I had not heard of the one on Dean-thanks!

        • Cathy

          Thing is, why do our kids have to get sent all over Brooklyn to get an education that best serves their needs? I mean, for elementary we have P.S. 222 in Marine Park. Not too far are P.S. 255 and P.S. 312. For those that need an alternative school, there is Bluefeather. Still, what happens when they get older? I mean, P.S. 207 is a K-8 school but they don’t have anything for Special Needs kids. Our only hope is to get SOMETHING at Marine Park. I mean, Cunningham has Self-Containted and CTT classes and they are pretty good, but the NEST program is a much better fit for many of the kids on the Spectrum

  • Cathy

    It is ridiculous. Unfortunately, the only thing I think will work is if we get LOUD! Otherwise, as this has proven, special needs kids around here will NOT be a priority.

  • Dscutaro

    They also need to redefine the NEST program or in other words they need to go to the ORIGINAL function of the NEST program. Now it seems they want to put in all kids with Asperbegers who do not belong in the program. The program was initially designed for children with autism who are grade level academically but do not socialize. Then the moronic department of education decided to manipulate it and show everyone what a success it is by putting the wrong kids in the class so their scores and ratings could go through the roof. It will be interesting to see if the program does wind up at MPJHS and who will be eligible to get in.

    • Retrofresh

      Are you saying that in our local elementary school Nest program only Asperger/high functioning ASD kids are being admitted? Or are you referring to the rare, elusive, exclusive middle school programs?

  • annonymous

    Why is the board of ed being run by people who have never had experience of being a teacher, the same as most other city agencies??? SERIOUSLY IF YOU WERE IN SOME OTHER PROFESSION WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO BE IN THE ONE THAT MIKEY PUT YOU IN. HMMM COULD IT BE THAT HE CAN INDIRECTLY CONTROL SOMETHING ELSE……..WHEN HE HIMSELF IS WAY UNDER QUALIFIED OR JUST INEXPERIENCED

  • annonymous

    Sorry we are talking about kids here and their education, is he just forcing us to seek private education or home schooling so he can save more money

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