The City Council’s Education Committee, chaired by Council Member Robert Jackson, will hold an oversight hearing on the DOE’s Significant School Changes: Closures, Reconfigurations and Community Notification, as well as to consider Res. No. 1263, Proposed Res. No. 1395-A & Res. No. 1906. Below is information regarding the upcoming hearing:
In 2009, the New York Education Law was amended to require a public review and comment process on all proposals by the Chancellor to close a school or make a significant change in school utilization. (Note that “significant change in school utilization” includes the phase-out, grade reconfiguration, re-siting, or co-location of schools in existing public school facilities in New York City.) In 2010, the NYS Charter School Act was also amended to require additional procedures in connection with the location or co-location of one or more charter schools in an existing public school building. This hearing will focus on questions and concerns about DOE’s implementation of State requirements regarding significant changes in school utilization.
The Committee will also hear testimony on the following resolutions:
Res. No. 1263 - Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to amend the State Education Law, in relation to mayoral control of the New York City public school system, by requiring that the respective Community Education Council approve a co-location or school closure/phase-out proposal before it may be presented for a vote by the Panel for Educational Policy.
Proposed Res. No. 1395-A - Resolution calling upon the New York City Department of Education to institute a moratorium on school closings and forced “co-locations” in existing schools for a period of at least one year, effective July 1, 2013, in order to study the impact of these policies on all New York City communities, and in particular whether such policies are having a disparate impact on low-income communities, communities of color, disabled students and homeless students.
Res. No. 1906 - Resolution calling upon the New York City Department of Education to amend Chancellor’s Regulation A-190, in order to specify procedures for notifying affected parents of any proposed school closure or significant change in school utilization.
The full text of these resolutions can be found at the following link on the Council’s website: http://legistar.council.nyc.