Sunday, April 10, 2011

Only 700 applicants with how many tens of thousands of flyers and ads? Pretty low return rate.

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Parents at an Upper West Side high school are suing the city and incoming Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to stop an elementary charter school from moving into their building.Parents at the Brandeis Educational Complex want to block a plan by the Department of Education to move the Charter Success Academy into the building that currently houses four small high schools on West 84th Street.
Among the things the lawsuit alleges is that the DOE used inaccurate enrollment figures at the high schools in making its proposal.
Supporters of the suit say the plan will lead to overcrowding and a loss of space for science labs, classrooms and arts programs.
"Here's a chance with a very high-profile situation for the Department of Education to say, 'You know what? We're willing to listen to parents, we're willing to be flexible,'" said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
"They spread out, and the pre-existing schools get less resources, less space and less opportunity for the kids to learn," said Ric Cherwin of Global Learning Collaborative.
NY1 has reached out to the Department of Education for comment.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Success Charter Network says in part, "This is a frivolous lawsuit that seeks to deny the 700 Upper West Side families who applied to Upper West Success Academy access to another great public school in their neighborhood."

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