Sunday, February 5, 2012

Welcome to Satellite

This blog is dedicated to the preservation of Schomburg Satellite Academy, a public high school in the South Bronx. Satellite is a transfer school, which means it serves students who are over-aged and under-credited, and it does so through a state-of-the-art portfolio-based assessment system. One of only 28 schools in New York State granted a waiver by the New York Board of Regents, Satellite delivers an education that provides an alternative to high-stakes testing. (To learn more about portfolio schools, visit The New York Performance Standards Consortium.)

On Thursday, February 2, the New York City Department of Education released a document outlining its plans to co-locate a charter school inside the Bronx Regional High School building where Satellite Academy is located. The Department of Education, run under the direct mayoral control of Mayor Michael Bloomburg, has presented one side of the issue. They have released a report and set dates for hearings, but so far they have not talked to the students, teachers, and parents that make up the Satellite community. This is our story.

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