What’s Next for New York

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A look at the four schools taking part in our May 17th forum. Two of them are charter schools and two of them are regular public schools. Two share a building in Harlem, and two share a building in the South Bronx. Each is sending a delegation of 25 parents, teachers and students to WNYC’s event to talk about how charters and regular schools can share the same space and what charters contribute to the city’s public school system.

– I.S. 217 and South Bronx Classical share this complex on Fox Street, along with two other middle schools.
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I.S. 217 and South Bronx Classical share this complex along with two other middle schools.
Seth Litt is the principal of I.S. 217, which is on the state’s list of Schools in Need of Improvement.
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Seth Litt is the principal of I.S. 217, which is on the state’s list of Schools in Need of Improvement.

I.S. 217 is called the School of Performing Arts. Students in the chorus practice in a former shop room.
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I.S. 217 is called the School of Performing Arts. Students in the chorus practice in a former shop room.

Students at I.S. 217 see the students from South Bronx Classical when they walk through the halls.
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Students at I.S. 217 see the students from South Bronx Classical when they walk through the halls.

I.S. 217 lost its dance classes to budget cuts, so it gave the mirrored dance room to South Bronx Classical.
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I.S. 217 lost its dance classes to budget cuts, so it gave the mirrored dance room to South Bronx Classical.

Lester Long is Executive Director of South Bronx Classical.
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Lester Long is Executive Director of South Bronx Classical.
Students at South Bronx Classical must wear their uniforms or they can get detention.
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Students at South Bronx Classical must wear their uniforms or they can get detention.
At South Bronx Classical “bathrooming” is a verb. Students are taken to the bathroom three times a day.
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At South Bronx Classical “bathrooming” is a verb. Students are taken to the bathroom three times a day.

Scholars have to sit a certain way.
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Scholars have to sit a certain way.
Future Leaders Institute charter and PS 242 share the same building in Harlem.
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Future Leaders Institute charter and PS 242 share the same building in Harlem.
Sixth grader Kyle Broomes. This school has a longer day than regular public schools.
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Sixth grader Kyle Broomes. This school has a longer day than regular public schools.
There are no bells when students change classes at FLI, instead a student plays a drum.
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There are no bells when students change classes at FLI, instead a student plays a drum.
The Future Leaders Institute charter serves students in grades K-8.
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The Future Leaders Institute charter serves students in grades K-8.
Kyle Broomes shows off the renovated playground, shared by FLI charter and PS 242
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Kyle Broomes shows off the renovated playground, shared by FLI charter and PS 242.
PS 242 still has old computers in its library, but they’re rarely used now that the school has gotten new laptops. Both PS 242 and Future Leaders Institute charter use laptops in their classrooms.
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PS 242 still has old computers in its library, but they’re rarely used now that the school has gotten new laptops. Both PS 242 and Future Leaders Institute charter use laptops in their classrooms.

Fatoumata Magassa in a science room, where students are learning how to chart their data
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Fatoumata Magassa in a science room, where students are learning how to chart their data.

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