Sunday, March 18, 2012
Maspeth high schoolers left out in the cold
From the Times Newsweekly:
Maspeth High School is scheduled to open its doors this September, but many incoming freshmen who live only blocks away from the campus may not be attending.
The Times Newsweekly was informed by several sources that a host of eighth-graders at I.S. 73 in Maspeth—located about five blocks from the high school being constructed at the corner of 57th Avenue and 74th Street—were informed by the Department of Education (DOE) in writing that their request for admission to the new school was rejected under the Citywide School Admission Process.
Anna Croce, a Maspeth woman whose son at I.S. 73 was denied entry into Maspeth High School, told this newspaper in a phone interview that her child and many other students in the area were devastated by the news.
“Four children on my block who go to I.S. 73 also got rejection letters” from Maspeth High School, she said. She claimed that high school administrators previously assured her and other parents of I.S. 73 students that their children would be “first picked” to attend the local high school.
Instead, many of the Maspeth students were assigned to schools as far away as Far Rockaway, Croce claimed.
A spokesperson for City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, Eric Yun, told the Times Newsweekly that the legislator’s office has heard similar complaints from parents of rejected students. The office learned that Maspeth High School “filled up pretty quickly” with students from around the confines of School District 24; there was no evidence to suggest that any students from outside the district were admitted, he added.
The office is now working with parents of Maspeth students who were not admitted to Maspeth High School to see if alternate arrangements could be made, Yun added.
“We've been assured that the students accepted to Maspeth High School came from the local area,” Crowley said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon. “I will continue advocating for Maspeth students who have not been accepted so that they have the opportunity to attend their local high school.”
Local civic groups, including District 24’s Community Education Council, repeatedly called for Maspeth High School to be “locally zoned” to give children living in the surrounding area a chance to attend their neighborhood school, but those requests were ultimately rebuffed.
You'll recall that Crowley was against this school before she was for it on the grounds that it was not locally zoned, but somehow forgot to rally the rest of the council to vote against it. She failed to secure the same type of deal that she helped get for the Queens Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills, which her kids attend. One of many Crowley failures and one of many ways she has wiped her ass with the community she falsely claimed to have grown up in while she was campaigning.