|Posted on October 3, 2013 at 8:45 AM|
Call to Action for Dewey Alumni
The New York City Department of Education has proposed co-location at John Dewey High School; adding an additional school inside the Dewey building with 500 students because of under-utilization. The John Dewey Alumni Association is opposed to this as it threatens the progress the school has made. Dewey earned a B rating on its DOE report card and was cited as a “Best High School” by US News and World Report ranking 127th in the state as a “Silver” high school.
Moreover, Dewey was not listed in the High School catalog and despite this; enrollment is over 80% of capacity, with almost 1900 students and not 1700 as reported by the DOE.
We now call all Dewey alumni to action! Time is of the essence!
CONTACT members of the City Council’s Education Committee at: http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=6903&GUID=5D939F6A-A26A-456C-BF68-2FE3903139C8 AND Chancellor Walcott DMWalcott@schools.nyc.gov
to oppose co-location. (see sample letter below)
Voice your opposition to divide the Dewey campus into smaller schools!
SIGN the Petition! Click HERE to sign the Electronic Petition or copy/paste the following link into your web browser:
Make your position clear!
ATTEND the hearing of the City Council education committee to support Resolution #1395-A at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 2, at 250 Broadway, 16th floor. The resolution calls upon the DOE to institute a one-year moratorium on school closings and co-locations for a study of their impact, especially whether they have a disparate negative impact on low-income communities, communities of color, disabled students and homeless students.
SHARE what Dewey has meant to you!
JOIN the JDAA and the entire Dewey community on October 23rd at the meeting of the Panel on Educational Policy at 6:00 pm at John Dewey High School to demonstrate to the Chancellor our opposition to co-location.
Wear your Dewey colors proudly!
INVITE your fellow alumni to join the effort and seek their support and participation in our write-in campaign and in signing the petition.
Please support all of these actions to demonstrate our commitment to “Let Dewey be Dewey.”
Your JDAA at work.
For information, please contact BunjiFromartz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call: 206-338-4177.
New York City Department of Education
Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott
52 Chambers Street
New York, New York 10007
TO: Office of the City Council
Dear Council Member ___________:
I am writing to you in support of Resolution 1395-A, calling on the Department of Education to institute a one-year moratorium in order to study the impact of co-locations and school closures, especially whether they have a disparately negative impact on low-income communities, communities of color, disabled students and homeless students.
I write also to oppose the proposal to co-locate a school with John Dewey High School. This proposal is based on the idea that Dewey has just over 1600 students, when in reality it has over 1900 students,at around 80% enrollment. This level of enrollment has been achieved despite not having been in the High School directory, and an erroneous report of Dewey having closed due to a fire caused by Superstorm Sandy, and being funded for 1600 students. Under new leadership, Dewey has battled back from recent difficulties and earned a DOE “B” rating and a mention in US News and World Report as a quality high school. Co-location threatens what is a success story in New York City public education. This proposal needs to be taken off the table so Dewey can maintain its progress.
Please join me, an alumnus of John Dewey High School, along with the entire community of staff and students, in strengthening public education and “Let Dewey be Dewey.”
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