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File #: Res 0202-2010    Version: * Name: Notification when the NYC Dept of Education is considering the opening, closing and/or consolidation of a school. (A.01291)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 4/29/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.01291, which would amend the New York City Charter in relation to notification when the New York City Department of Education is considering the opening, closing and/or consolidation of a school.
Sponsors: Robert Jackson, Gale A. Brewer, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Daniel Dromm , Lewis A. Fidler, Vincent J. Gentile, Letitia James, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Michael C. Nelson, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Deborah L. Rose, James G. Van Bramer, Albert Vann, Jumaane D. Williams, Stephen T. Levin, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Melissa Mark-Viverito
Council Member Sponsors: 19
Res. No. 202
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.01291, which would amend the New York City Charter in relation to notification when the New York City Department of Education is considering the opening, closing and/or consolidation of a school.
 
 
By Council Members Jackson, Brewer, Chin, Comrie, Dromm, Fidler, Gentile, James, Koslowitz, Lander, Nelson, Recchia, Rose, Van Bramer, Vann, Williams, Levin, Rodriguez and Mark-Viverito   
 
      Whereas, The New York State Legislature is considering A.01291, legislation that would amend the New York City Charter in relation to the New York City Department of Education's (DOE) method of providing notification of school openings, closings and consolidations; and      
Whereas, A.01291 would require that the DOE notify the appropriate elected state and local officials, community board members, and parents or guardians when it is considering the opening, closing and/or consolidation of a school; and
Whereas, The bill would require that a copy of such notification be displayed in a prominent location within any school or schools that may be affected; and
Whereas, The DOE would also be required to ensure that such notifications occur at least twelve months prior to any projected school opening, closing and/or consolidation, and provide a mechanism for meaningful input by the elected state and local public officials representing the affected communities; and
Whereas, In the event the DOE has projected the closing and/or consolidation of a school due to the underutilization of facilities, the bill would require the DOE to ensure that such closing and/or consolidation results in students being sent from the low achieving school to a higher achieving school; and
Whereas, The lack of an adequate notification process has resulted in numerous community protests regarding school closings and consolidations, which further strain the relationship between the community and education officials; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.01291, which would amend the New York City Charter in relation to notification when the New York City Department of Education is considering the opening, closing and/or consolidation of a school.
 
SO
LS # 1302
8/10/06
 
LS#387
Res. No. 0467-2006
JA
4/26/10
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