It all started when it was announced that the Board Of Education was planning on allowing Eva Moskowitz of Success Academy Network to open a charter school in the Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill neighborhood. The new 'Cobble Hill Success Academy' is to occupy space in the School for Global Studies and School for International Studies building at 293 - 284 Baltic Street.
The co-location caused outcry amongst community parents who don't want more charter schools. Instead , they want resources to go to strengthening and improving public schools. On a recently created Facebook page, they write:
Our community resources should go towards the educational needs of children in our community. Cobble Hill Success Academy, a charter school, will accept students from across the city, not just our district which will add to the issue of overcrowding in our schools rather than addressing it. Cobble Hill Success Academy also will not include Pre-K programs that our community needs.Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Former Deputy Schools Chancellor (and former PS 29 teacher) Carmen Farina have gotten involved by putting together a proposal for a public early childhood center in the Global Studies building. The center would provide pre-kindergarten and kindergarten slots for children in the local school zone. The alternative plan is gaining support amongst parents.There is a public hearing on the matter on:
In addition to bringing in kids from outside of the district/neighborhood, the Success Academy would only contribute $1/ year to the upkeep of our school building leaving an unfair burden on our neighborhood schools. That's not right."
Tuesday November 29th at 5:30 PM 284 Baltic Street (between Court and Smith Street)
Millman Rallies Against Charter School