Silver, Mendez Stand with Parents Battling DOE


State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and City Councilmember Rosie Mendez offered their support a short time ago to parents battling the Department of Education over a charter school's desire for more space. They were both on hand for a news conference called by parent activists from P.S.20, P.S. 188, P.S. 94 and P.S. 184. They are among the schools the DOE has been studying, as it determines where to locate the Girls Prep Middle School, which wants to expand.

P.S. 184, the Shuang Wen School, was told today it is no longer under consideration. Parents from the school say, in spite of their victory, they will stay in a coalition fighting for an alternative that won't negatively impact any LES school. Silver, Mendez and the parents in attendance emphasized they're not opposed to Girls Prep's expansion plans – they simply don't want the charter school to grow at the expense of traditional public schools.

City Planning Hears Bowery Rezoning Proposal Today


The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors has a meeting at the Department of City Planning today — to present its proposal for rezoning the east side of the Bowery. When the Lower East Side was rezoned last year, the west side of the historic street was included, but curiously, not the east side.

Girls Prep Controversy: Shuang Wen Spared, Shelly’s Letter to Parents

Here's the latest on the controversy surrounding Girls Prep Charter School's expansion plan. Today, there will be dueling news conferences/rallies by parents on both sides of the contentious debate. A coalition, led by parents from several neighborhood schools that could be impacted by the expansion, go first — at 1pm. Then Girls Prep takes its turn, at 430pm, on the steps of City Hall.

Meanwhile, the DOE has notified P.S. 184, the Shuang Wen School, that it is no longer being considered as a possible location for the Girls Prep Middle School.

Bloomberg 3.0, More Girls Prep Chatter, Roaches Love the LES

Tuesday news links

The fallout from the City Council's defeat of the Kingsbridge Armory development deal. A reality check for mayor Bloomberg, says te Times:

…after years of largely unchallenged authority, Bloomberg 3.0 is
beginning to look like this: a mayor suddenly grappling with emboldened
opposition, limits to his influence, a city teeming with economic
frustration and residents who are distrustful, in some ways, of a
Manhattan billionaire.