Parents, students rally against charter school moving into underfunded I.S. 285

Parents and school officials say they are rallying against a charter school moving into an already underfunded public school in Brooklyn. News 12's Katie Lusso was in East Flatbush on Thursday morning,

News 12 Staff

Mar 3, 2016, 10:45 PM

Updated 3,008 days ago

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Parents, students rally against charter school moving into underfunded I.S. 285
Parents and school officials say they are rallying against a charter school moving into an already underfunded public school in Brooklyn. News 12's Katie Lusso was in East Flatbush on Thursday morning, where students and parents joined forces outside of I.S. 285.
School officials say they recently learned the charter school would be moving into the third floor of I.S. 285.
"This is an at-risk community, a black and brown community, and it seems like it's just a systematic approach to set us up for failure, that's what it seems like to me," says Monique Waterman, of East Flatbush village.
Parents say they are demanding the state pay $2 billion owed to the school and put a stop to the plan that would put a charter school on their third floor. They say the charter school would take over a floor where all of the school's performing arts programs are held.
Faculty and parents are worried the arts programs would be removed from the school.
"It's unfair taking out the performing arts, we won't have steel pan, we won't have drama, musical bands or anything like that," says eighth-grader Philysha McKenzie, who currently takes dance classes at the school.
Classroom overcrowding is also a concern for parents.
The charter school is slated to move into the building in September. Parents are hoping that state officials will reconsider.


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