March 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Better Bronx Schools
DOE DRASTICALLY INCREASES BUILDING CAPACITY TO MAKE ROOM FOR INCOMING CHARTER SCHOOL?
At 3:30 p.m. on March 19, teachers and students of Schomburg Satellite Academy will hold a press conference to announce their recent findings that the Department of Education drastically increased the building’s student capacity. These figures, which increased by 47.5% in a single year, will allow “room” for the DOE to add a new charter school to the building, despite strong opposition by parents, students, and teachers. The charter school, ROADS II, is proposed to open in September of 2012.
Monday’s press conference comes in advance of Wednesday's highly-anticipated PEP vote on the co-location of ROADS II with Schomburg Satellite Academy and Bronx Regional High School. The dramatic changes in building's operational capacity were uncovered after the DOE announced plans to add a charter school to the building. The drastic increase in capacity, from 295 students to 432 students, gives new weight to on-going protests by parents and students that the DOE plan would lead to severe over-crowding in the building. Local representatives including State Senator Ruben Diaz, State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, and City Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo have all expressed their opposition to the plan.
At Monday’s press conference, teachers and students will call for an investigation into the DOE’s calculation of the building’s capacity, and for a delay of Wednesday’s PEP vote until the results of the investigation can be reviewed. According the DOE plan, enrollment at Satellite would remain constant, but the number of classrooms at would be reduced by half, with the remaining space designated to ROADS II.
Press conference demanding investigation into the DOE's radical student capacity increases, and a delay to Wednesday’s PEP vote on co-location
Schomburg Satellite Academy students, teachers, and parents
1010 Rev. James A. Polite Ave, in the community garden, across the street from the main entrance to the school