December 6th Parent and Community Meeting

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • A new screened high school named Millennium Brooklyn will be opening in our building in September.
  • The criteria will be a 3 or 4 out of 4 on the state English Language Arts exam. This will leave behind most Special Education students and English Language Learners.
  • Millennium Brooklyn will receive millions of dollars in start-up funds. The new school can use the money to hire more teachers and purchase materials, and to make building improvements. The Department of Education promised that our schools would receive some building improvements as well, but the 3-5 million dollars they are promising is not nearly enough to fix all of the repairs that need to be made in our building.

WHY WE NEED TO FIGHT:

  • Our schools, the Secondary Schools for Law, Journalism, and Research, have been underfunded by millions of dollars since our inception.
  • Our schools face deeper budget cuts each year.
  • Space will be taken away from our schools for Millennium Brooklyn.
  • Law and Journalism, at the request of their principals, will be truncating their middle schools to eventually only serve grades 9-12.
  • We need to fight this “separate but equal” mentality of the Department of Education. Separate is NOT equal. The DoE’s racist policies leave all our children behind.
  • Its not too late to fight the opening of Millennium Brooklyn in our building.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Join us for a parent/community meeting to plan how to fight back.

WHEN: Monday, December 6th, 2010

TIME: 6 pm

WHERE: Secondary Schools for Law, Journalism, and Research

237 7th Avenue

ROOM: 2nd Floor Library

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