It appears there’s a deal in the works to resolve the long-running dispute surrounding the expansion of the Girls Prep Charter School on East Houston Street. As we’ve been reporting, the Department Education had intended to go ahead with a controversial plan to allow the school to take over more space in its current location. This — in spite of a ruling from the state education commissioner that found the DOE failed to consider the impact on P.S. 94, one of two schools sharing space with Girls Prep. Commissioner David Steiner invalidated the plan and ordered the DOE to conduct a new “Educational Impact” assessment.
But now, the DOE seems to have decided to delay the start of classes — which were supposed to begin Monday — and to possibly find an alternate location for 100 students enrolled in the Girls Prep Charter School this fall. Lisa Donlan, president of District 1’s Community Education Council, told us it’s a one-week delay.
We have emails/calls into the Department of Education, the Borough President’s office, Girls Prep and Advocates for Children (the organization that filed the state complaint). We’ll let you know when we have more details.