P.S. 142/Manhattan Charter School Playground Closed Due to Sinkhole

Education Notes: Manhattan Charter School Hearing, Education Council Elections

It Takes a Community: New Mural Brightens Play Yard

Charter School Hearing Tonight; Elected Officials Oppose Lower East Side Plan

Three schools share the MS 56 building at 220 Henry Street.

Tonight, parents and education advocates will converge on M.S. 56, where the SUNY Charter School Institute is holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion of Manhattan Charter School.  The school, already operating from a shared building on Attorney Street, wants to add several K-5 sections at 220 Henry Street, a building that already houses several other schools.

Parents with children at those schools – the Henry Street School for International Studies, Castle Middle School and University Neighborhood Middle School – say there’s no room for more students in their building.  In advance of the hearing, elected officials are out today with a letter to Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, opposing the decision.

Parents Gear Up to Protest Manhattan Charter School Plan

Three schools share the MS 56 building at 220 Henry Street.

A new charter school battle is brewing on the Lower East Side. The Department of Education is now out with a plan to move an expanded Manhattan Charter School into a building at 220 Henry Street that is already home to three other schools.  Parents have already sounded off about the idea at a public meeting.  Their protests are expected to grow louder in the weeks ahead.

Morning Reads: Manhattan Charter School, Play Fields, Open House, James McCartney

  • The education department’s plan to open the Manhattan Charter School in a Henry Street complex generates some not-so-positive feedback. (DNAInfo)
  • The parks department is pledging to fix the problems with athletic fields usage. (Downtown Express)
  • A visit to Open House, the not-so-secret secret bar on East Houston Street. (NYT)
  • If you were wondering about the big crowd jockeying for a seat in the tiny Rockwood Music Hall on Allen Street last night, they were there for Paul McCartney’s son’s NYC debut. (And nope, dad didn’t show.) (ShowBiz411)
  • The Gathering of the Tribes faces a legal battle to stay in its East Village home. (Local EV)

Manhattan Charter School to Host Benefit for Urban Gardening Program

The students at Manhattan Charter School will be hosting a special benefit celebration tomorrow night for their urban gardening program, “The Curious Garden,” in collaboration with P.S. 142 and through a partnership with the Horticultural Society of New York. There will be live music and spoken word performances by the students plus a showing and sale of student art work – not to mention some “Lower East Side delicacies and drinks!”

New Charter School Hearing Tomorrow Evening

A notice from District 1’s Community Education Council:

Thursday February 17th, 2010
Located at Manhattan Charter School
100 Attorney Street

To hear community input on proposal to open a new charter school in lower Manhattan. The proposed charter school will serve grades K-5, have a target population similar to the population currently served by Manhattan Charter School where 80% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch and 18% are identified as special education. The proposed schools will have an enrollment of 72 students in a year one and 274 student’s full capacity. The proposed school will replicate the academic program on Manhattan Charter School and the mission of the proposed school will be the same.

* Comments may also be submitted via email manhattancharterschool2@gmail.com or in writing to Manhattan Charter School II (Proposed), 100 Attorney Street, New York NY 10002