12/4/12

Rally Against Citizens of the World Charter School Co-Location

On Wednesday, December 5 at 5:15 PM, there will be a rally outside JHS 126, at Leonard and Bayard Streets in Willliamsburg, Brooklyn, to protest the Bloomberg administration's plan to open a "fauxgressive" charter school in the heart of rapidly-gentrifying Williamsburg.

At 6 PM, there will be a co-location hearing at JHS 126.

The leadership of the charter school openly acknowledges that it was created for Williamsburg's new upper-middle class white community.

Williamsburg's Latino, Polish and Italian communities, joined by new immigrant groups, are passionately opposed to the Bloomberg administration's push for a "segregationist" charter school they say the community doesn't want or need.  

Local parent leaders call the city's move a "land-grab", saying that it's a middle school, not another charter, they need.

Elected officials and confirmed speakers at the rally include Joe Lentol, Diana Reyna and Steve Levin.

The rally is hosted by WAGPOPS (Williamsburg and Greenpoint Parents: Our Public Schools; the Southside Community Schools Coalition (SCSC); CEC14; El Puente; and 100+ parents and children from Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

WAGPOPS, a District 14-wide grassroots coalition of public school parents and community members committed to supporting District 14 neighborhood public schools, has filed a lawsuit against the city and the state for authorizing the charter school.

The Southside Community Schools Coalition (SCSC) is made up of community-based organizations, churches, elected officials, education activists, school administrators, teachers, and parents committed to community voice in school decision-making and supporting excellence and diversity in Williamsburg public schools.

Media contacts: Kate Yourke, Southside Community Schools Coalition / (917) 805-3901 kate@yourke.org or Brooke Parker, Williamsburg and Greenpoint Parents for our Public Schools at williamsburggreenpointschools@gmail.com.

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