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P.S. 9 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Start Date: 
November 9, 2011 - 9:30am
Categories
Topic : 
Open space
Social services
Sponsored By: 
P.S. 9
Location: 
P.S. 9 playground
80 Underhill Avenue (entrance to playground on St. Mark’s Place and Underhill)
Brooklyn, NY
United States
Description: 

On Wednesday, November 9 at 9:30 am, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn to celebrate the opening of the school’s new playground. What was once a bleak asphalt lot with only a basketball court and small playgym is now completely refurbished playground with a handful of active and stimulating playspaces.  There will also be student performances and comments from school officials and representatives from Out2Play, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and Brooklyn Nets Community Alliance.

Open to: 
General public

City DOE issues revised plan to co-locate charter at P.S. 9

Posted: April 19, 2011 - 8:59am

After its previous decision to co-locate Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School at Prospect Heights' P.S. 9 was overturned by the New York State Commissioner of Education David Steiner, the City's Department of Education has issued a revised plan it says addresses the issues raised by Commissioner Steiner.

The new plan, which parents and local elected officials have vowed to oppose, will be voted on by the DOE's Panel for Education Policy on May 18.

State Education Commissioner overturns DOE decision to co-locate charter school with P.S. 9

Posted: April 1, 2011 - 9:39am

A group of parent advocates in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, has won an appeal to the New York State Commissioner of Education David M. Steiner requesting annulment of the vote by the Panel on Educational Policy (PEP) that would co-locate Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School with P.S. 9 and M.S. 571 in building K009 at 80 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, beginning in fall of 2011.

DOE panel votes to close M.S. 571, replace with charter school

Posted: February 4, 2011 - 11:00am

At a meeting Thursday evening that stretched into early Friday morning, the Department of Education Panel on Education Policy voted to close M.S. 571, located at 80 Underhill Avenue in the P.S. 9 building. The PEP further voted to co-locate the Brooklyn East Collegiate charter school in the P.S. 9 building. Brooklyn East Collegiate currently serves the East New York neighborhood.
 

Rally against proposed school closures and co-locations

Start Date: 
January 29, 2011 - 1:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Social services
Sponsored By: 
Council Member Letitia James
Location: 
Duryea Presbyterian Church
362 Sterling Place
Brooklyn, NY
United States
Phone: (718)783-2451
Description: 

Last Month, the NYC Department of Education released the Educational Impact Statement proposing the phase-out of M.S. 571 - The Bergen Upper School, and a re-siting and co-location of Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School in the 13K009 building. The DOE claims M.S. 571 “lacks the capacity to turn around” and there’s a need of high-quality options in school district 13. Much like P.S. 316 and M.S. 353, the DOE is not allowing the possible expansion and growth of P.S. 9.

Join parents, students and public officials who are demanding local schools be given a chance to succeed and grow!

Open to: 
General public

DOE public hearing on changes at P.S. 9

Start Date: 
January 24, 2011 - 6:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Social services
Sponsored By: 
NYC Department of Education
Location: 
P.S. 9 auditorium
80 Underhill Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
United States
Description: 

Our local public school, P.S. 9, has undergone a resurgence during the last few years. Its pre-school has become so popular that even zoned families are no longer guaranteed a spot. This year, the school had enough kindergarten enrollment to add a 6th class. Local parents have been increasingly involved with the school and have worked with the school to obtain a new library and, for this fall, a new playground.

For the last decade, P.S. 9 has shared the 80 Underhill Avenue building with a small middle school, M.S. 571. When the city Dept. of Education (DOE) decides that extra space exists in a school building, it houses schools together. Last month, the DOE announced its plan to phase out M.S. 571 for poor performance. The DOE has proposed putting a year-old charter middle school into the building. The charter school, Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School, is currently located in Crown Heights. By most accounts, it is likely to be a successful, disciplined middle school.

Others in the the P.S. 9 community, however, prefer that the space be left for the expected growth of PS 9 as an elementary school. They would like to see the campus returned to an elementary-only space, as it was for decades. The school has been growing quickly and already could use more space. The school would benefit greatly from having to itself the cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium and library space—currently, because of sharing space with ONE school, the lower grades eat lunch at 10:30 a.m. and the school occasionally holds gym in the auditorium. For the next year, P.S. 9 would have to share these facilities with two schools.

This hearing is being sponsored by the Department of Education so that parents and residents can express their views on the proposed changes at P.S. 9. Speakers must sign up between 5:30 and 6:15. Questions may also be submitted in writing.

Open to: 
General public