Schools Chancellor Walcott Holds Town Hall on Lower East Side Tonight

NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will be on the Lower East Side tonight. He’ll be addressing parents at a town hall meeting at P.S. 20, 166 Essex Street.

It’s a particularly active time for the Department of Education.  Just yesterday, the mayor announced the elimination of 700 teaching and counseling jobs this year through attrition and 1800 more positions next year.  The city is losing $250 million in state aid because it failed to negotiate a new teacher evaluation system.

Walcott is also dealing with the school bus strike, which has been going on for two weeks now. According to the Daily News, “security concerns stemming from the bus strike” have prompted the NYPD to provide Walcott with 24-hour police protection.

The town hall meeting at P.S. 20 begins at 6 p.m.  Walcott will be taking questions from the audience.  If you would like to ask a question, you can fill out an index card on site tonight.

Shuang Wen, P.S. 20 Outline New Dual Language Programs

Last week, two Lower East Side Schools went before District 1′s Community Education Council to present their plans for implementing “dual language programs.” During the meeting, the Shuang Wen School (P.S. 184) and the Anna Silver School (PS. 20) outlined two different visions for teaching students in two languages, Mandarin and English.