Sunday, April 11, 2010

Make Some Noise!

The SECOND public hearing regarding the extension of PAVE Academy's co-location within P.S. 15 is this Wednesday at P.S. 15, 71 Sullivan Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn.  Please arrive at 5:30 to sign up to speak.  The hearing begins at 6:00.  Why are we having another public hearing when the process was considered null and void by a Supreme Court Judge?  Who knows, but it is an admission of guilt by the DOE to grant this "do-over" and it is a time and place to share your thoughts and ideas on what has been taking place throughout this school year. Your statements are recorded and a Department of Education employee creates a summary of comments with a tally of those opposed or in favor of the issue.  Please make sure when you speak you include the statement "I am opposed to the extension of this co-location," to ensure your comment is counted.  Our students deserve appropriate space to receive their mandated services. Our school community deserves the intervention and enrichment programs that provide the well-rounded experience our school mission statement promises; "...We encourage strong parent participation as well as a collaborative and professional partnership with community-based organizations that address the physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social needs of our children."   The Department of Education refuses to acknowledge the negative impact this co-location has on our school community, let's make sure out voices are heard! 


  1. Again! This is illegal!
    Why is Klein not in jail?
    Take this straight back to the judge!

    How sad for Red Hook and NYC.
    The Pave Private Charter School needs to leave an outstanding public school alone.

  2. Private charter? Such a thing does not exist. Get your facts straight. If PAVE were not in PS 15 the DOE would go ahead and fill the space with another public school. At least you have the comfort of knowing that PAVE will be leaving in a few years and moving into a new building. PAVE does not want to take over PS 15 or take away space that is important for the education and needs of PS 15 students and staff. However, PAVE needs space to educate their children too and until the new building is completed the DOE has decided that PAVE will co-locate with PS 15. Wouldn't it be better to find ways for both schools to cooperate, collaborate and co-exist in harmony rather than continue to fight with each other? It is not fair to the students, families and staff at PAVE. They are not the enemy. They want the same wonderful achievements and goals for their students as PS 15 wants for theirs.

    It is not sad that Red Hook has another great school for their families. It is truly a sign of freedom, growth, change and empowerment when families have choice. Now families have a choice where to send their kids to school in Red Hook. Where is the harm in that? I have visited the halls and classrooms of both PS 15 and PAVE and the students look like happy, motivated and engaged learners in both schools. Again, what is sad in that?

    PAVE does not want to interfere or harm PS 15. Rather they want to offer a different model of education and give parents a choice in a system that very often deprives parents of those choices.

  3. Ok, let's try this again PAVE supporter above. NO ONE at PS 15 gives a *%#$ about PAVE's existence. It doesn't matter to us where they are, where they go, or what they are doing AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT HURTING OUR KIDS WHILE THEY ARE DOING IT!!!! This co-location has had and will continue to have a negative impact on our kids. The facts are that our kids are having their legal rights violated to benefit another group. It is true charters have the right to use unused space in public school buildings; BUT THEY DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE UTILIZED SPACE, MANDATED LEGALLY REQUIRED SPACE, AWAY FROM EXISTING STUDENTS!!!! This is why PS 15 parents and teachers have tried to reach out numerous times to say, hey, we will not fight if you cap enrollment so that BOTH groups of students are not negatively impacted. Spencer says no. The DOE says no. It is they who are being unreasonable, combattive, and unethical. There is no harm in choice. What is sad is the violation of the law and of transparency time and time again by the DOE and Spencer Robertson regarding this issue. If PAVE does not want to interfere or harm PS 15, then they should lease their own space until their building is built or cap enrollment until their building is built-- it IS that simple. Finally, it is laughable that you are touting parent choices in the same sentence w/ PAVE considering PAVE parents have consistently said in public and in their learing environment survey that they do not trust pave admin and they have clearly been subordianted and disenfranchised at the school--- current parents and parents who have disenrolled their children from pave, not to mention the over 50% of their teaching staff that has LEFT, do not speak highly of Mr. Robertson. Parents and teachers have NO ill will toward the parents, children, and teachers at PAVE and all of those parties have good relationships. The problem is the lying, self-motivated, Orwellian, sleezy, corporate-minded, Mit Romney and Elizabeth Dole supporting (ya that's right, those were Mr. Robertson's two big campaign contributions last year, barf)Spencer Robertson and his cadre of privaters that seek to dismantle public education and they are doing it on the backs of the minority families who will suffer the most if they reach their ultimate goal.

  4. Mit Romney and Elizabeth Dole... holy wow! If folks in the community knew this, how would they feel. I am sure the likes of Mit Romney, whose religion publically disavows black people, and Elizabeth Dole who can only be characterized as a homophobic racist would not be supporting policy, ANY policies, that would help the residents of Red Hook. Where people spend their money is a pretty good indication of where their heart lies. As I suspected, Robertson's lies with dogs. And when you lie w/ dogs... you get fleas!!!!


June 4th City-Wide School-Community Based Protests: No School-Based Budget Cuts or School Layoffs

June 4th City-Wide School-Community Based Protests:  No School-Based Budget Cuts or School Layoffs
Parents, Students, and School Workers at PS 15 Demand Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein Prioritize Spending for Public Education!

Public Education in NYC has faced over 500 million in cuts since 2009. The Mayor must seek other revenues instead of cutting our schools and other important services that are the lifeblood of our communities!