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Sunday, January 24, 2010

NY 1, the 24-hour municipal news cable station will broadcast January 27 PEP vote on school closings

The ominous vote on NYC closures is coming, in mere days.

NY 1, on the Web at, is broadcasting New York City's Panel for Education Policy (PEP, widely recognized to be a rubber stamp for Chancellor Joel Klein's objectives) vote (on school closings) on Tuesday, Jan. 27. (I'm wondering: by scheduling the vote for Tuesday, not Monday, are they inherently indicating that they are feeling some pressure from the community? Is the panel moving the vote to a later time, to digest the impact of the public PEP meeting at Brooklyn Technical High School?) Please make it a priority to attend the meeting. Education activists fought hard to bring the meeting to this site after the New York City Department of Education originally scheduled the meeting for the more remote Staten Island.
Brooklyn Technical High School is relatively centrally located at 29 Fort Greene Place at DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene, downtown Brooklyn. (Enter the school's auditorium at South Elliott Place.) The school is paces away from Fulton Street, from the south. It is a short walk north from the Flatbush terminal of the Long Island Rail Road (renamed Atlantic Terminal, for The Atlantic Yards project?); from the B, M, Q, R BMT lines at DeKalb Avenue walk east on DeKalb Avenue to the school; from 2, 3, 4, 5 IRT lines at Nevins Street, walk east on Fulton Street to South Elliott Place; A, E, F, L riders can transfer to the C or G train; C: Fulton Street station, G: Lafayette Avenue from either street, connect with South Elliott Place. Click here to access the MTA Brooklyn Bus map, to see bus routes and a "zoomable" map.
Rally on South Elliott Place at 5 PM, attend the meeting at 6 PM!

As I've written earlier this month, the NYC DOE scheduling plan does not heed actual performance. It closes down large schools and aims to reopen them as small schools, by its preference, as charter schools, even though the small schools do not perform any better than the large traditional, comprehensive high schools.

Unfortunately, no word on exact time of the vote, --day or evening?
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