View Full Version : Manhattan-Downtown City Abandons Rezoning Plans for Greenwich Village and Chelsea

11-29-2011, 08:56 AM
From N.Y. Times (http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/2011/11/28/city-abandons-village-chelsea-rezoning-plans/) by Anna M. Phillips:

City officials have dropped their plans to rezone crowded public elementary schools in Greenwich Village and Chelsea after a parent council voted down their most recent plan.

Instead, officials will focus on zoning in Lower Manhattan, and they plan to present a third version of a zoning plan for the new Peck Slip School on Monday night.

For months, families in Greenwich Village and Chelsea have battled over the boundary lines that determine where their children will attend elementary school. Some parents favored zoning changes as a way of redistributing students and potentially easing overcrowding. But others protested that another rezoning would need to take place in a few years anyway, and redrawing the lines twice made little sense.

Parents at two schools, Public School 41 Greenwich Village and Public School 3 Charrette School, were divided over whether they should continue their unusual arrangement of sharing a zone or carve out a zone for each school.

The city’s Department of Education submitted one plan, modified it and tried again, but parents’ unhappiness proved too great. This month, members of District 2′s community education council weighed in, unanimously rejecting the proposal.

Rather than try for a third time to win over parents with a new zoning map, the Department of Education is backing away from these plans and instead focusing on Lower Manhattan, where a new school will open next year.

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