Girls Prep Expansion Hearing Set for Thursday

A public hearing will be held Thursday on a proposal to allow the Girls Prep Charter School to expand in a building it shares with two other schools on East Houston Street.

The issue has dragged on for more than two years, as Lower East Side parents clashed over limited classroom space and education advocates took the city to court. But these problems seem to have been resolved.

Girls Prep wants to add grades over the next few years at 442 East Houston, a 100 year old building that also houses a traditional elementary school and P.S. 94, a special needs school. Last week, the Department of Education approved a separate plan to move the Girls Prep Middle School into a building on East 12th Street.

The meeting begins at 6pm, at P.S. 188. If you wish to speak, sign-up forms will be available starting at 5:30pm.

State Blocks Girls Prep Expansion

Protest on the steps of City Hall in March.

The state education commissioner is blocking a decision by New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) to allow the Girls Prep Charter School to expand its middle school in a shared building on East Houston Street.  Several Lower East Side parents and an organization called Advocates for Children filed a complaint against the DOE in the spring. This week, New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner issued his decision.