Monday, July 14

Brooklyn Town Hall update: Politicos, advocates on deck

The open-mic education Town Hall slated for this Wednesday in Brooklyn will include a number of city officials, according to Evan Stone, a public-school teacher in the Bronx who's 'summering' in Bill deBlasio's office. "We are expecting Senator Eric Adams, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, [City] Council Members [education committee chair Robert] Jackson, [David] Yassky, [Diana] Reyna, [James] Vacca, [Letitia] James and others."

"[Also coming are] ... representatives from the United Federation of Teachers, the Alliance for Quality Education, Time out from Testing, the Independent Commission on Public Education, ACORN, The After-School Corporation, The Office of the Public Advocate, the Citizens Union Foundation, and others." Quite the lineup.

The town hall will weigh the impact of mayoral control on community involvement in the city's schools -- and how to insure that parents' voices are heard as reauthorization looms.

RSVPs are still coming in. The DOE Representatives have been invited, said Stone, but "have not confirmed their attendance." Very diplomatically put, but that silence sounds a lot like 'no' to us.


D15parent said...

I received an email flyer from deBlasio's office about this a couple of weeks ago. It was from Evan (not Eric) Stone so you might want confirm and correct if necessary.
If DOE officials do not attend then that in itself is very telling.

helen said...

mea culpa, D15 parent, thanks for the correction -- and apologies to Evan, too, for the misstep.

gingerbrownie said...

This strikes me as very impressive line up. If there are no DOE reps in attendance -- the very people who need this input -- I would be both surprised and pissed. Can someone explain who the decision makers will be determining whether Mayoral Control goes forward? Does the City Council have a say? Thx.