View Full Version : Manhattan-UWS Judge Blocks Construction of Controversial New UWS Charter School Upper West Success Academy

05-14-2011, 09:14 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/20110513/upper-west-side/judge-blocks-construction-of-controversial-new-uws-charter-school) by Leslie Albrecht:

A judge has put the brakes on construction of a new Upper West Side charter school that would share space with five high schools, a victory for parents who were trying to block the move.

"We're very gratified," said Lisa Steglich, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit aimed at charter school Upper West Success Academy. "We think we're going to win the case on the merits and this is a first step in that direction."

The parents who filed the suit fear that the charter, an elementary school, will siphon resources away from existing public schools within the building. They also say it's not appropriate to put kindergarteners in the same space with high schoolers.

On Thursday, Manhattan Judge Carol Edmead issued a temporary restraining order against the Department of Education, blocking the start of work that would allow Upper West Success Academy to move into the Brandeis Educational Campus on West 84th Street.

The construction, which includes converting storage rooms to classrooms and building a new cafeteria, was slated to begin Friday.

For parents whose children won spots at Upper West Success Academy, a school in the Success Charter Network founded by former city councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, the order means more uncertainty.

"Every day in which this case isn't decided is a day that 200 parents have no idea where they're sending their kids to school next year," said Upper West Success spokeswoman Kerri Lyon. "For most of them, it's Upper West Success or a failing school that they deliberately chose not to send their children to."

Attorneys for the Department of Education said they plan to ask the court to reverse the order.

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