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January 19, 2017
City panel approves controversial move of P.S. 452, part of Upper West Side rezoning
The debate over moving P.S. 452 fueled a larger conversation about school segregation on the Upper West Side.
December 7, 2016
The fight continues: Parents file appeal in Upper West Side school rezoning
The ongoing fight has come to symbolize a dual problem: deep segregation in many schools, and a zoning process that makes it hard, if not impossible, to integrate them.
November 9, 2016
City unveils long-awaited rezoning proposal for the Upper West Side — and a new plan for schools in Harlem
The Department of Education's final proposal to rezone schools on the Upper West Side is sure to be controversial.
October 24, 2016
Parent group says Upper West Side rezoning proposal violated open meetings laws
A parent coalition says the Community Education Council in District 3 did not have authority to draft its own rezoning proposal.
October 19, 2016
Drowned out of Upper West Side rezoning battle, desegregation advocates fight for a broader plan
"We don’t want it to be taken off the table. We don’t want rezoning to be the end result.”
October 18, 2016
Rebuffing city’s plans, local education council offers its own vision for controversial Upper West Side rezoning
“We intend to control our own fate. We will not have a plan dictated to us by the Department of Education, by City Hall."
September 29, 2016
New diversity plans, same disputes in Upper West Side school rezoning
One school may implement a diversity plan for admissions, but parents who would be zoned out of high-performing P.S. 199 continue to push back.
September 19, 2016
Upper West Side parents still fighting rezoning plan that would diversify schools
The city has drawn up another plan to relieve overcrowding and integrate Upper West Side schools, but parents still need to be won over.
speaking of segregation
August 10, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio promises ‘bigger vision’ for promoting school diversity, but offers few specifics
“So to folks who say we want to see more, I understand where they are coming from and my simple answer is: you’re going to see more,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
hello from the other side
July 21, 2016
Advocates seize chance to push for Upper West Side desegregation, but face stiff resistance
As a zoning debate highlights the divides among Upper West Side schools, advocates are pushing for district-wide desegregation.
another point of view
June 27, 2016
Parents who support controversial Upper West Side school move: ‘We welcome the idea of rezoning’
Chalkbeat recently reported on the coordinated campaign mounted by some parents to block the plan. But not all P.S. 452 parents are in their camp.
June 21, 2016
Behind the scenes, parents mount coordinated campaign to block Upper West Side rezoning
On June 3, parents at P.S. 452 on the Upper West Side received an online survey about the city’s plan to move their school from…
March 24, 2011
Despite new school openings, kindergarten wait-lists persist
City school officials say they're still crunching the numbers to figure out how many soon-to-be kindergarteners are on wait lists this year, but a familiar pattern of long lists is remerging in parts of the city. Despite rezonings and the opening of new schools on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, elementary schools are posting wait-lists dozens of children deep. Early reports are in for a few schools, such as P.S. 290 on the Upper East Side, which had a wait-list of 91 students last year and is telling parents they have 68 families on the list this year. Jason Rowland, a father who lives in the P.S. 290 zone on the Upper East Side told me today that his daughter is number 34 on the wait-list. Rowland wrote: We received a letter yesterday informing us our daughter has been wait-listed for PS290 for the upcoming kindergarten class. Not a big surprise I know considering the schools rep for wait-listing — but considering the Dept. of Ed. and City Council just went through complete re-zoning of the district and opened a new school — the news was especially outrageous. Community Education Council for District 2 Vice-President Shino Tanikawa said that a rezoning on its own often doesn't do much to decrease wait-lists, but the arrival of a new elementary school P.S. 267, could have.
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