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Monday, October 15, 2012

City Considers Eliminating P.S. 187 zone

The Department of Education is considering a proposal to eliminate zoned elementary schools in Upper Manhattan.  For Hudson Heights, this means that parents would no longer be guaranteed a seat at P.S. 187 for their children.  And children from other neighborhoods could apply for admission to P.S. 187.  For more information and to make your voice heard, see the information below provided by DNAinfo.

The District 6 Community Education Council has scheduled several public meetings on the proposed zoning changes. The CEC's zoning committee will meet with local principals Oct. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at P.S. 48, 4360 Broadway at 186th Street. Other upcoming CEC meetings include Oct. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at P.S. 48 and Oct. 19 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at P.S. 278's library, 421 W. 219th St.
In addition, the CEC's zoning committee will hold public hearings on the proposal Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at P.S. 192/325, 500 W. 138 St., Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at P.S. 115, 586 W. 177th St., and Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at P.S. 98, 512 W. 212th St.
The public can also submit comments and ask questions by emailing or calling 347-735-6486.

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  1. If they end zoned schools in Upper Manhattan, they should end them throughout the city, giving every child an equal chance to go anywhere!

  2. Shame on the Dept. of Education, and shame on our elected leaders, including the area's City Council for allowing such an immoral and obviously targeted snub towards the residents of upper Manhattan. Zoning away schools in upper Manhattan, while leaving them elsewhere is not only a travesty, it's an outright social injustice and I for one would go to court to prevent such an action.

    Where the is our beloved NYC City Council Speaker and members of the NYC City Council to speak out and protect us, the forgotten of upper Manhattan.

    I promise this: if our elected leaders of the City allow this injustice and travesty to happen, there will hell to pay at the ballot box.

    Message to the real estate community of Hudson Heights: we lose P.S. 187 and you can kiss home values goodbye!

  3. The City is not proposing ending zoning in all neighborhoods. According to today's N.Y. Times, it will only happen in Park Slope and Upper Manhattan.

  4. According to the articles I've read online, it seems Bryan Davis, chairman of the District 6 Community Education Council's zoning committee, is a chief proponent of the plan to dismantle upper Manhattan of zoned schools.

    Wow, Bryan Davis and anyone on the Community Board who supports such a half cocked idea as eliminating zoned school and taking away p.s. 187 from the residents of Hudson Heights should not be on the Community Board and should have their heads examined. Removing P.s. 187 as a zoned school will not offer school choice, it will ruin the Hudson Heights community, and plunge real estate into a free fall!

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  5. "Bryan Davis, the chairman of the council’s rezoning committee, said the opposition [to eliminating zoned schools] had been limited to a small group of affluent white parents who wanted to keep the racial composition of their schools from changing."

    Bryan Davis needs to go, he is not a uniter, his words are a clear attempt to create racial tensions in our community. Who died and left Mr. Davis in charge of our community.

    If you are as pissed off as I am, PLEASE show up to the next community board meeting, I know I will.

  6. So earlier I posted a comment from Bryan Davis, a parent and chairman of the council’s rezoning committee.

    Now comes the truth: Bryan's kids (according to the NYPost) attend really nice schools, including the prestigious Columbia Secondary School.

    So Bryan is just talking a bunch of malarkey when he says he wants to offer choice to people, because in the end, de-zoing schools where people live will just create chaos. Making kids take a test to get into a school is terrible, and starting it at such young ages is why our kids learn nothing in the 1st place.

    These education council's should focus on real issues, like how to improve the quality of education, not making our children compete for a spot in a school like the cast of Survivor.