Attack On Innocent Children
On Monday, December 7, 2009, the staff of Beach Channel High School was told by Queens High School Super intendent Isabel DiMola that Chancellor Klein believes that the children of the City of New York would be better off if we closed our doors in June 2013. It was nothing less than a craven attack on our innocent children that coincidentally occurred sixty-eight years after an - other cowardly attack on defenseless individuals on a distant beach.
Beach Channel High School, unlike other schools created on this peninsula by this Chancellor, has educated ALL students who have wanted to receive an education. Unlike other schools, we have educated the newly arrived English Language Learner – almost 7 percent of our students are recent immigrants. Unlike other sch - ools, we have provided an education to the special education students of the peninsula – almost 20 percent of our student body.
Many of our staff members graduated from Beach Chan nel, and still live and shop in the community. But no matter what school we graduated from we all have given our blood, sweat, and tears to help our kids. All we have asked is that the mayor and chancellor that supposedly care about our children actually provide the resources and programs that our kids need. Instead this mayor and this chancellor have decided they will starve the children of the large academic high schools of needed funding to destroy their sch ools and their dreams.
They are willfully harming our children so that they can destroy the public school system.
Of course they will provide some special program in this building at great cost with individuals inexperienced in teaching our peninsula’s children. But if they provided this funding to our school and formulated new and exciting programs taught by our experienced and dedicated staff, rather than choking off vital funds and killing innovative proposals, our children would receive even more benefit. In addition, the mayor and the chancellor have refused to meet their legal and moral obligation to inform the parents of the Rockaways how the needs of their children will be met in their newly required Edu - ca tional Impact Statement. This is especially true for the ELL and special education students who have never been welcome in any of the newly formed schools on the peninsula.
Letters Until they have the decency to tell the parents where their children will be welcome they have no business closing the only available school.
The Rockaway community will have the opportunity to speak out against this crime against our children on December 15 and on Jan - uary 6. I care about the future of our kids. I will be there. Will you?
DAVID S. PECORARO