Following the approval of a controversial charter school co-location within Seth Low Intermediate School (99 Avenue P), the Department of Education is targeting yet another local school as Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes a last-ditch effort to approve as many charter school co-locations as possible before his term ends.
The department is now holding hearings on Coney Island Preparatory charter school for elementary school-aged children to be co-located within I.S. 281 Joseph B. Cavallaro Junior High School (8787 24th Avenue).
The hearing to determine the school’s fate will be held this afternoon, at 6:00 p.m. Community Education Council (CEC) District 21 is again rallying the troops, calling for a protest before the meeting, at 5:30 p.m.
Here’s an e-mail they blasted out on Friday:
On behalf of the Community Education Council District 21, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your support at the Seth Low, I.S 96 rally and Joint Public Hearing on September 30th. Your dedication to the community strengthens our position; that we are united and committed to a quality education for all children in District 21.
As you are aware, our traditional public schools are being inundated with co-locations. We would like to invite you to join us at Cavallaro, I.S. 281, for our upcoming Rally and Joint Hearing on Monday, October 21st at 5:30 pm. We truly appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing you on October 21st.
Again, my fellow CEC members and I would like to express our sincerest gratitude for your support and guidance. Your dedication and support is appreciated by the parents, students, teachers and community of District 21.
And here’s the flier they put together for the rally: