Bushwick parents calling out DOE for charter school plans
Tensions are high for some public school parents in Bushwick who claim that there are unfair classroom changes coming to their children's school.
IS 347 and IS 349 share their building with Achievement First Charter School. The Department of Education has set forth a plan to give four public school classrooms to the growing charter school and that decision is not sitting well with some parents who are vowing to fight the Department of Education.
"They want to utilize more space to take away more rooms," says parent Kathy Rivera. "We will never give up the fight... This is our school. This is our home. We are going to fight for it as much as we can."
A representative from the charter school says that their students come from the same community and deserve equitable space to learn.
The DOE's proposal is based on the number of students in each school, and for the 2016-17 school year the charter school is expected to have the largest attendance out of the three schools.
News 12 reached out to the DOE but has yet to receive comment. A private vote is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the school.