NYCOFI Report Calls for Moratorium on Co-Locations
Calls into question Hallmark Bloomberg Education Policy
January 23, 2013, New York, NY – A comprehensive new report on co-locations calls for a complete moratorium until inequities are corrected and new best practices recommendations are implemented. The Executive Summary and Full Report are both available.
The report by New York Communities Organizing Fund, Inc. (NYCOFI), Charter Schools in Public School Buildings: Best Practices for Co-Location, reviews the challenges co-located schools in New York City are facing, and provides concrete steps to ensure that co-locations are implemented more effectively.
“The co-location of public schools has become a divisive issue in New York City in recent years,” said Carlie Steen, Executive Director of NYCOFI. “The practice of co-location raises major concerns, including the use of existing space and resources, the impact on future growth, and how the process itself is carried out. In order to address these concerns and others, the City's protocols for approval of co-locations must be amended.”
Based on research and surveys, and with the goal of minimizing the negative effect of co-locations, NYCOFI recommends that the Department of Education (DOE) adopt specific best practices, which are intended as tangible recommendations and solutions to increase the possibility that a co-location will be successful for all the parties involved. These best practices include addressing issues related to space, growth, resources, and the process itself.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity for a great education,” said Ms. Steen. “Attending a co-located school shouldn’t prevent that. Our recommendations will help.”
New York Communities Organizing Fund, Inc. (NYCOFI) is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization established in 2010. We seek to empower low- and moderate-income New Yorkers to help themselves through public education, advocacy, research, and direct services. We work to improve the economic security and well-being of low-income and people of color communities throughout New York State.
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If you would like more information on this topic or are interested in interviewing parents
who have experience with co-located public schools , please contact Carlie Steen.