2012-01-20 / Letters

PS 215 Needs Help

Dear Editor,

We are writing this letter in response to the news that our school, PS 215, is in jeopardy of being closed down. The Department of Education has failed our academic environment in many ways. They cut off our afterschool programs, took away academic interventions services, we have no reading or writing program to improve test scores, our math program is outdated, the student library is not available for student use, and there are not enough supplies to assist in academic learning.

How can our students be expected to meet their levels or advance in an environment that does not support our teachers who try very hard each day to promote learning and assist those who are faced with many challenges academically?

We are a community that is already identified as high need, however, we have not received any support to help our students to develop and grow academically. It is a disappointment to hear that the only solution provided to our school in jeopardy is to be phased out, and eventually closed down.

We desire the opportunity that other schools have been given in similar situations, to be given the chance to change with proper funding and support and also with a realistic timeline in place. We want the DOE to make the necessary changes desperately needed to offer our students the chance to improve and to help move the teachers past the barriers and challenges they face. We are asking for your support with this issue of possible closure.

Help us persuade the DOE to provide us with the tools needed to make changes so we can bring our students up to academic level instead of phasing out PS 215.

TARA BONILLA
JACKIE GALLO
MARGARET LAZZARINI

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