Why does this sound so familiar?
The Brooklyn Eagle reports that parents from Fort Greene's P.S. 287 and the Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) came together at City Hall Wednesday "to express their mutual outrage over the Department of Education’s plan to move KGIA into the building already occupied by P.S. 287."
Parents say the DOE “disrespected” their communities by “unilaterally” deciding to move KGIA into P.S. 287 without consulting parents or community representatives first.It's nice to see how the DOE can bring people together this way.
Khalil Gibran International Academy is (was?) the City's first "Arabic-themed" school. But there's been no end of controversy, and parents say if the DOE doesn't give them more support, they'll pull their kids out.
Is it possible that all that anti-Arabic hysteria is scaring the P.S. 287 parents? Shouldn't the DOE have prepared for that possibility, since it's happened before?
Pictured: The Khalil Gibran International Academy's present home on Dean Street in Boerum Hill. DOE wants to move it out of this building (which it shares with two other public schools) and into an elementary school in Fort Greene.
Photo by MK Metz
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