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Gifted & Talented move worries parents

Will co-location of STEM program at PS 17, IS 126 cause crowding?

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2 comments:

  • mommicigi posted at 4:13 pm on Tue, Jun 18, 2013.

    mommicigi Posts: 1

    The article incorrectly states "STEM students in kindergarten, first and sixth grades will move to PS 17 in the 2014-15 school year." This is not true. The DOE proposal is not allowing anyone to move except into 6th grade when they graduate. (STEM is a K to 5)

     
  • STEM kindergarten parent posted at 12:22 pm on Tue, Jun 18, 2013.

    STEM kindergarten parent Posts: 1

    Article says "Under a new Department of Education proposal, STEM students now at PS 85 will attend K-4 at PS 17 at 28-37 29 St. and then continue 6-8, under the direction of the same principal, at IS 126 at 31-51 21 St. The administration will split its time between the two facilities." This is not the case of the new proposal---To the dismay of the parents, STEM students now at PS85 will NOT be allowed to transition to the new school they all fought for. Only upon middle school will current STEM students be allowed to transition to PS126. In the meantime, the STEM citywide G&T program will phase-out at PS85. Current STEM students will remain at PS85 at this phase-out program. None of our children, except the current 4th graders, will ever set foot in PS17. We have urged the DOE/PEP to consider a number of parent-resesarched alternatives.