Many new faces at VID Forum on School Options Charter schools, public schools, parental and community schools all got lots of attention at VID’s General Membership Meeting on November 13. Discussions about public funding (they all are publicly funded), parent and community involvement (a must) and Department of Education bureaucracy (usually a detriment to quick action and cheaper materials) was enlightening. One of most contentious issues was the inequality between charter and non-charter public schools over additional funding and extra resources. Many argued, also, that co-location of schools in the same building often leads to reduced space for non-charters and a sense of unfairness to students. Questions of student selection and teacher retention were also brought up. An uplifting part of the discussion was a realization that the problems are not insurmountable. All along the education spectrum, leaders have begun to work together, hoping to share what works and to improve […]
Is There A School for My Child?…Options in Education in NYC. Find out at a forum presented by Village Independent Democrats this Thursday at 7:15 pm, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street. Is There a School for My Child Panelists will be Eric Joerss, Deputy for Government Affairs, the NYC Charter School Center; Barbara McKeon, Principal, Broome Street Charter High School; Leonie Haimson, Executive Director, Class Size Matters; Tamara Rowe, Community Education Council, District 2. The discussion will focus on District 2 Department of Education schools and charter schools that have been built as a result of pressure and/or extensive input from the community, parents and elected officials, including the Foundling School and 75 Morton Street Middle School. The forum follows the November General Meeting which begins at 6:30 pm.