Apparently DoE has backed off and decided not to put a second school in PS 84. According to a flier posted at the school, DoE has determined that “the community clearly doesn’t support the plan”.
Hopefully the principal and PTA at 84 can bring the same passion and vigor to improving their school (which DoE says is on the verge of failing) as they have brought to keeping this school out (and as they brought to fighting a change to a “progressive” (whatever that means) curriculum last year). At this point, 84 is not only failing, it is undersubscribed. Parents who have the means (and I’m not talking financial) are sending their kids out of zone – to PS 132, the East Village, open enrollment public schools, or private and parochial schools. Parents dedicated enough to schlepp their kids across the East River every day are exactly the type of parents that PS 84 needs.
True, a Discovery School in PS 84 would not have done anything to improve the existing school – they would have been two separate programs (with the Discovery School open to citywide enrollment). But fighting against a Discovery School also does nothing to improve PS 84.