View Full Version : All NYC Parents irate that city may not guarantee gifted and talented middle school spots in District 30

10-18-2012, 09:00 AM
From N.Y. Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/gifted-program-dustup-district-30-article-1.1185989) by Clare Trapasso:

Parents at two northwestern Queens schools are gearing up for a fight after the city announced students in a highly competitive program may no longer be guaranteed middle school spots.

The city is considering requiring all students in District 30 to be re-tested to remain in the gifted and talented program. Students from Public School 150, in Sunnyside, and PS 122, in Astoria, were previously guaranteed seats.

The Community Education Council District 30 will discuss the issue at its Thursday meeting.

But parents are already mobilizing, circulating petitions and threatening lawsuits.

“Parents are extremely upset,” said Elli Ventouras-Onaldin, 42, of Astoria, whose son is a kindergartner in the gifted program at PS 150. It’s “closing kids out of schools they were promised.”

She said she would have sent her son to another gifted program where he was guaranteed a middle school seat had she known of the potential policy change.

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10-18-2012, 09:03 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20121018/park-slope/park-slope-school-zoning-proposal-unveiled-by-doe) by Leslie Albrecht:

The Department of Education unveiled the proposed new zones for Park Slope's P.S 321, P.S. 107, P.S. 39 and P.S. 10 at a public meeting of the District 15 Community Education Council.

The proposal, spurred in part by severe overcrowding at highly sought-after P.S. 321 and P.S. 107, would shrink the zones for those schools while drawing more students to P.S. 10.

A new K-5 school would be created in the Thomas Aquinas building on Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue, which has been temporarily housing P.S. 133. Officials are planning to have P.S. 321's assistant principal head the new school.

The maps, which an official said would be posted on the DOE's website Thursday morning, show P.S. 321's zone losing the blocks from Third to Fourth avenues and First and Sixth streets, and First through Fifth Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenue.

The P.S. 321 zone would also cut out the blocks from Seventh Avenue to Prospect Park West between Fourth and Fifth streets.

P.S. 321 has grown so popular that its enrollment has swelled to an all-time high of 1,453 students as of Wednesday, DOE Director of Planning Carrie Marlin said at Wednesday's meeting.

That means P.S. 321 is at 128 percent capacity. Similarly bursting P.S. 107 has enrolled 590 students this year, putting the school at 158 percent capacity, Marlin said.

If the new zoning is approved, the changes would take effect in the 2013-14 school year. Kids who get pushed out of a zone but have siblings in that zone would be given first priority for admission, Marlin said.

One P.S. 39 parent called the changes "devastating," and others slammed the DOE for not cracking down enough on families who use false addresses to get a coveted seat at P.S. 321, generally regarded as Park Slope's top school.

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