The panel consisted of City Council Member Tish James, Brooklyn Borough President chief of staff Carlo Scissura, Brooklyn Education policy analyst Margaret Kelley, and Department of Education director for family engagement and advocacy Ojeda Hall.
The New York Times Fort Greene and Clinton Hill blog, The Local, reported the issue that generated the most noise and commotion involved the Adelphi Street school facility that houses both P.S. 20 and the Academy of Arts and Letters.
P.S. 20 parents and students voiced concerns they were being forced out of their own school and having their services and funds redirected towards the Academy of Arts and Letters.
The Local reported school children help up signs with phrases like “Stop the Hostile Takeover of Our Schools” and “P.S. 20 An Educational Landmark-60 strong!”
Hall stated that the DOE “hears your cries.” And James spoke about a disparity in fiscal equity, culture clashes, and joint redistricting. The Local reported her comments met with enthusiastic applause.
Let’s hope these divisions get resolved quickly. If schools can’t get along together in the same building, how can we expect the children to?