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Dear Ms. Katz:
We could certainly use your help now. Long Island City HS is once again under seige by the Department of Ed, ready to take a community high school down, in order to co-locate its latest misguided waste of resources by placing a third school in our building. First let me be clear, we would welcome any new tech program, but there is absolutely no need for a second administration: a second principal, a second series of assistant principals and all of the other administrative uses of our tax dollars for a student body in 2014 of around 100 students. Menawhile to this, they have dropped our incoming 9th grade by close to 500 students, dropping a $3 million dollar budget hole on us, with maybe up to 30 teachers now in excess. And yes, last year, when the turnaround vote came, after the entire community from the boro president on down opposed the plan, the PEP voted to abandon, to be stopped only by the arbitrator.
But please don't confuse the Mayor's majority which voted s a block in almost all cases with the independent voices of the Borough Reps such as our Queens member of the PEP Dmytro Fedkowskyj, who not only voted against each of the proposed turnaround closures but made himself available at each of the public hearing to speak and support the neighborhoods in their fight to prevent the Mayor from destroying their local schools. They were outvoted roughly 11 to 5 by the Mayor's 11 members of the PEP on each of the 22 closures. In Queens, Dmytro was at all the hearings and neighborhood rallies against the closures, siding with the communities.
We need you as Borough President to support the independent voices and the neighborhood schools. We also need independent members of the PEP as Dmytro has shown himself to be, even if they are continually outvoted. Without such fighters like yourself and Dmytro, it is clear the Mayor will destroy public education for years to come, even though his term ends in December. Will you come out against all new co-locations added by this mayor after his term had ended. In our case, in spite of rebounding academically and in spite of a terrific report by the State on its visit this year, in spite of what appears to be maybe a 10% imporvement in graduation rate over last year and what may be ahead of the city average, with this new co-location pronouncement, we have been told that the Office of Portfolio has said it doesn't matter how well Long Island City does, they will put another school in there. It's as if the news headlines were to say, paraphrasing an old one: Chancellor to Long Island City HS, drop dead!
Please understand the PEP is fully controlled by the Mayor, the Chancellor does only the Mayor's bidding. the entrie system is corrupt and undemocratic and needs to be ended. But in the meanwhile, Dmytro Fedkowskyj has been of great help in carrying the fight to them. They are the issue.5 months ago