Ross Global Academy Loses Appeal

There’s news today on Ross Global Academy’s campaign to stay open, in spite of the NYC Education Department’s decision to close the charter school for poor performance and other problems. The state education commissioner has rejected the appeal. The New York Times has the story.

The move clears the way for the Girls Prep Middle School to move into the Ross building on East 12th Street.

Ross Global Takes on Girls Prep in Latest Charter School Space Battle

Earlier this morning, we linked to a story in the New York Times recounting the rising tensions between Ross Global Academy (which is being closed due to poor performance) and the Girls Prep Middle School (which is in search of a new home).

The article, which explores the tussle between two Lower East Side charter schools, both backed by the “moneyed elite,” is a good read. But we don’t want to bury the lead.

The Times reports: “An internal Department of Education planning document indicates that the intermediate grades of Girls Prep, a single-sex school whose lower grades are located in a public school on East Houston Street, would indeed assume Ross Global Academy’s space by September.”

Tonight: Kindergarten Info Fair, Girls Prep’s Fate Discussed

A couple of important events for Lower East Side parents tonight. First, at 530pm there’s a Kindergarten and Pre-Kindegarten information fair at P.S. 20, the Anna Silver School.  This week, the Department of Education opened enrollment for the 2011-2012 academic year (the deadline to apply is March 4th). District 1, encompassing much of the LES, allows parents to enroll their kids in any school (so long as there’s space available).  This evening, representatives from the district’s schools will be on hand to help guide parents through the process.

Then at 630pm, District 1’s Community Education Council meets.  The big agenda item: the future of the Girls Prep Middle School. After an epic battle last year, the charter school found a temporary home near Cooper Square. There’s a possibility Girls Prep will be able to take over classrooms currently being occupied by Ross Global Academy, 420 East 12th Street. Recently, the DOE announced it was closing Ross, also a charter school, due to poor performance and other problems. There’s a hitch, however. Ross is pursuing legal action to stay open and is strenuously fighting the Girls Prep move.

P.S. 20 is located at 166 Essex Street. Again the Info Fair is at 5:30pm. The CEC meeting begins at 630. Both events are being held inside the school.

Ross Global Academy Charter Renewal Hearing Next Week

This coming Monday night, the Department of Education will be holding a charter renewal hearing for Ross Global Academy in the East Village. The meeting takes place at 630pm, at the school, 420 East 12th Street. Anyone who wants to speak should sign up between 6 and 630pm.  You can also send written comments to: charterschools@schools.nyc.gov.
Ross Global Academy is seeking a five year renewal.