2005-02-18 / Community

Congressman Weiner Calls Parochial School Summit For Saturday, February 19

With thousands of New York City students facing school closures, Representative Anthony Weiner has called an urgent summit among parents, Church, and business leaders to find a way to keep the schools open. 27 Catholic schools across the City have been targeted for closure by the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York, including the St. Virgilius School in Broad Channel.

“Over the past two weeks, parents of Catholic school students across the City have been rocked by the news that their school is going to be shut down,” Weiner says. “The Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York say that they don’t have the funding to keep 27 schools afloat. “Now thousands of parents are scrambling to find their kids a new place to go to school.”

Weiner announced plans to convene a summit this Saturday to figure out a way to solve the funding crunch and keep the schools open. Parents from all 27 schools, as well as Church and business leaders, and elected officials are expected to participate.

“If a major corporation were getting ready to leave the City, we’d call all the stakeholders together and find out a way to make it stay, and save the jobs,” said Weiner.  “Losing these cherished schools will have no less of an impact on our City and its future.  The Diocese and the Archdiocese face undeniable financial challenges, but we must do everything we can to keep these schools open.”

The summit will take place this Saturday, February 19 th, at 11a.m., in the auditorium of Midwood High School, 2839 Bedford Avenue (btw Campus Road and Glenwood Road), in Brooklyn.

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