Monday, March 12, 2012

Advocacy Group Started to Prevent the Closure of MS 80 in the Bronx

Here is one more on education. It was sent by local activist Ms. Anthony Rivieccio. Were witnessing the greatest corporate takeover of public education in American History. If we don't wake up, pretty soon even our educators will earn Wal-Mart wages and teach from a script.



Last week, it was offical that Middle School 80 , 149 E Mosholu Parkway, is scheduled to be closed (as MS80) by June of 2012. MS80 is one of the 33 schools effected by not receiving federal, state & city educational grant "race to the top"money. THERE ARE LINK HISTORIES FOR YOUR INFORMATION BELOW.

Also below is the offical Department of Education Copy of the proposed Closing of MS80

Since then some Bedford Park @ Norwood Residents have created "Friends of MS80"-to assist in promoting the advocacy of attending the public hearing

We beg for your highest consideration with our attached news release & material below.

Again, thank you for any effort or media consideration that you can provide in attempting to keep an almost 90 year school, still in community existence.

Anthony Rivieccio



March 5, 2012

Dennis M. Walcott

The Proposed Closure of J.H.S. 80 Mosholu Parkway (10X080) and Opening and Co-Location of New School (10X575) with P.S./M.S. 280 Mosholu Parkway (10X280) in Building X080 Beginning in 2012-2013

I. Description of the subject and purpose of the proposed item under consideration.

The New York City Department of Education (“DOE”) is proposing to close J.H.S. 80 Mosholu Parkway (10X080, “J.H.S. 80”), an existing district middle school located in building X080 (“X080”), and in X910, transportable classroom units, located at

149 East Mosholu Parkway, Bronx, NY 10467, in Community School District 10. It currently serves students in grades six through eight. The DOE is proposing to immediately replace J.H.S. 80 with New School (10X575, “New School”), a new district middle school serving students in grades six through eight in building X080.

If this proposal is approved, J.H.S. 80 will close at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year. All current students who have not graduated before the start of the 2012-2013 school year will be guaranteed a seat and automatically enrolled in New School.

J.H.S. 80 Mosholu Parkway is co-located in X080 with P.S./M.S. 280 Mosholu Parkway (10X280, “P.S./M.S. 280”), an existing district K-8 school that currently serves students in kindergarten through eighth grades. A “co-location” means that two or more school organizations are located in the same building and may share common spaces like auditoriums, gymnasiums, and cafeterias.

J.H.S. 80 admits students using a zoned admissions process; however, students residing in the X080 zone may also participate in the Districts 9 and 10 Middle School Choice Process. P.S./M.S. 280 also admits students residing in its zone. Additional information about the Districts 9 and 10 Middle School Choice Process is contained in Sections III of this proposal.

The DOE strives to ensure that all students in New York City have access to a high-quality school at every stage of their education. By closing J.H.S. 80 and replacing it with New School, the DOE is seeking to expeditiously improve educational quality in X080. If this proposal is approved, New School will develop rigorous, school-specific competencies to measure and screen prospective staff – including J.H.S. 80 staff who apply to work at New School. Based on these criteria, and in accordance with the staffing requirements in Article 18-D of the DOE’s existing contract with the United Federation of Teachers (“UFT”), New School will put in place a process aimed at hiring the best possible staff, thus immediately improving teacher quality and, by extension, improving the quality of learning. New School plans to develop new programs and school supports that are intended to improve student outcomes. Doing this important work to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the school, DOE also will maximize New School’s chance of receiving up to $900,000 in each of the next two years (for a total of $1,800,000 over both years) in supplemental federal funding under the federal School Improvement Grant (“SIG”) program. New School will build on the strongest elements of J.H.S. 80 and incorporate new elements, including new talent designed to better meet student needs. Thus, the immediate closure and replacement of J.H.S. 80 with New School should give students access to a higher-quality educational option while they continue to attend school in the same building.

II. Information regarding where the full text of the proposed item may be obtained.

The Educational Impact Statement (“EIS”) can be found on the Department of Education’s Web site:

Copies of the EIS are also available in the main offices of J.H.S. 80 Mosholu Parkway and P.S./M.S. 280 Mosholu Parkway.

III. Submission of public comment.

Written comments can be sent to

Oral comments can be left at 212-374-5159 .

IV. The name, office, address, email and telephone number of the city district representative, knowledgeable on the item under consideration, from whom information may be obtained concerning the item.

Name: Elaine Gorman

Office: Division of Portfolio Planning


52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007Email:


V. Date, time and place of joint public hearings for this proposal.

April 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

J.H.S. 80 Mosholu Parkway

149 East Mosholu Parkway

Bronx, NY 10467

Questions about the proposal should be directed as indicated in section IV above.

Speaker sign-up will begin 30 minutes before the hearing and will close 15 minutes after the start.

VI. Date, time and place of the Panel for Educational Policy meeting at which the Panel will vote on the proposed item.

April 26, 2012 at 6:00 P.M.

Prospect Heights Campus

883 Classon Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11225


Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Invites Elected Officials, Community Education, Community Leaders and Parents, to a conversation on school turnarounds. Guest Speaker: Elaine Gorman, Chief Executive, Turnaround Program, Department of Education. Share your vision for the future of your schools – your input matters. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 15, 2012 @6:00 PM at the Morris Educational Campus Auditorium, 1110 Boston Road, Bronx, NY 10456.

List of schools that will be affected by the turnaround initiative:


School Name

Hearing Date/Time

Community Boards


Alfred E Smith Career- Tech HS

4/16@6pm CB1


Herbert Lehman HS

4/2@6pm CB9


Banana Kelly HS

4/4@6pm CB2


JHS 22 Jordan L. Mott

4/3@6pm CB4


IS 339

4/5@6pm CB4


Bronx HS of Business

4/12@6pm CB4


JHS 80 Mosholu Parkway

4/16@6pm CB7


MS 391

4/4@6pm CB5


Fordham Leadership Academy

3/30@6pm CB6


JHS 142 John Philip Sousa

4/19@6pm CB12


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