From: Harries Garth
To: Patrick Sullivan ; Klein Joel I.
Cc: Richard L. Menschel ; Mary Silver ; Lisa Donlan ; Grimm Kathleen ; Duffy Michael ; Guerrier Martine
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 9:05:00 AM
Subject: RE: D2 Resolution on
Thanks for your email – we saw the D2 Presidents Council resolution yesterday, and have been trying to correct what are apparently crucial misunderstandings. A number of us have also been talking with CEC 2 representatives, to try to clarify. Following are the issues as I see them
a) Crowding in District 2: The Department and the SCA are aware of the need for seats in District 2 and have reviewed demographics…and we have discussed this several times with District 2 representatives. Given the demographics, we have increased the number of new seats for the district in our current Capital Plan from 1,890 to 3,150 seats. In addition, we've stated in the amendment to the Capital Plan that we anticipate increased need above our current projections in several districts, including District 2, which will be evaluated for the next Capital Plan. A draft of the next plan is scheduled to be released in November.
c) Ross siting at
d) Ross School Quality: it is absolutely true that last spring, Ross was a struggling school – as authorizers committed to school quality, through our Charter office we explicitly called that struggle out to ensure that the school took appropriate action. The oversight played out exactly the way that it should – the school has stabilized, and made substantial improvements. That progress is documented in the same place as the original report, and is evidenced by continued strong parental interest and support from the Lower East Side, around
e) Notification and Process: we announced our intention to temporarily site Ross at the
Michael Duffy, our Senior Executive for Charter Schools, made the trek out to
I hope this helps.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Garth Harries Email on Ross Charter
From: Harries Garth