DOE this week unveiled a proposal to rededicate the Brooklyn Elementary

BROOKLYN, NY – Education officials this week will come up with a new zone redesign proposal for seven Brooklyn elementary schools that has been in the works for more than two years.

The Community Education Council for District 15 – stretching from Carroll Gardens all the way down to Sunset Park – will meet on Tuesday to discuss the latest updates on the zoning planned for seven schools in so-called “Sub-District 3”.

The meeting will include presentations from a team convened to investigate what family members are trying to get out of the new map and the Department of Education, who will come up with a draft rezoning scenario that reflects the team’s recommendations.

The rededication would affect seven schools – PS 676, PS 15, PS 32, PS 58, PS 29, PS 38, and PS 261 – whose zones span Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens. It’s supposed to help with overcrowding and increase diversity in the “sub-district”.

The DOE’s District Planning Office originally proposed two options in 2019, one of which would eliminate zones entirely and let parents choose their child’s school. But instead of deciding between one of the plans, officials decided to hold back and collect more feedback.

Most recently, the Participatory Action Research Team recommended a plan that prioritizes seating in each of the schools for historically marginalized students, including multilingual learners, students with disabilities, those qualifying for free and discounted lunch, or those living in New York City Housing Authority developments and temporary housing.

The group also suggested that priority should be given to any plan to rededicate the PS 676 from Red Hook, one of the underperforming schools in the district, which originally said it was ignored in the redesign discussions. The team said the conversion of PS 676 from elementary school to middle school could be investigated to help with enrollment.

(Here you will find the complete presentation of the participatory action research team from approx. 1 hour 18 minutes):

The meeting on Tuesday is scheduled for 6.30 p.m. and will take place via Zoom.

To participate, register here.

Interpretation will be available in Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin.

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