Tilden! is a collective of parents, school staff and students
concerned about the planned closing of Samuel J. Tilden High
School in Brooklyn. For more information or for
the time and location of our next meeting send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 5, 2007 -- New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum
is calling the DOE's capital plan a
failure. She says the capacity of high schools in the five
boroughs will be 6,000 seats short.
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16, 2007 -- The DOE has given Brooklyn Comprehensive Night
School a one-year
extension. It was previously scheduled to close
after June 2007.
9, 2007 -- Will the the reorganization at Lafayette be challenged
with a lawsuit?
Community groups are fighting for a plan better
tailored for Chinese students in south Brooklyn.
16, 2007 -- The Education Committee of the New York City
Council is holding oversight hearings on the New York
City Department of Education's small schools initiative.
Read testimony given by John
Lawhead, a Tilden teacher and Leonie
Haimson of Class Size Matters.
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30, 2007 -- The Chancellor has announced that two schools
with grades 6 through 12 are to be housed at Tilden. One
is the It Takes a Village Academy and the other is the
Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School. According to the
DOE press statement, the schools will each serve "approximately
567 students" when they reach full capacity.
that neither of these schools was designed specifically
for ESL students. Families of 9th grade recent immigrants
from Haiti who seek bilingual services will have the
following choices left: Midwood High School (overcrowded
to 176% of capacity, according to the DOE school report
card), Clara Barton (135%) and John Dewey (134%).
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10, 2007 -- The UFT Delegate Assembly has passed a resolution
against school closings in New York City as follows.
IT RESOLVED THAT the UFT reaffirm its policy that the
Department of Education refrain from closing/redesigning
schools until independent studies are done to assess
the effectiveness of its newly designed schools, as well
as the overall impact of closing/redesigning schools
on students, staff and communities throughout New York
IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the UFT publicize the need for
full funding of all schools, with particular attention
paid to calling for extra funding for troubled schools
in order to lower class sizes, to provide modern up-to-date
facilities, and to establish safe and stable environments,
as an alternative to closing schools and displacing students
and staff, with the result of overcrowding neighboring
from Targeted High Schools
families and community
activists have been fighting
takeover of a wing of this Chicago
a military academy since
2004. Visit savesenn.org
Officials Are Speaking Out for Tilden
“We want to give the planners
and policymakers sufficient and appropriate opportunities
to do their jobs but we do want
some respect and a role to play in that. Parents
need to be involved, community leaders need to be involved
in a really significant way.”
by Flatbush Life (12-21-06)
N. Nick Perry
New York State Assembly
58th District, Brooklyn
46th District, Brooklyn
Councilman Lewis Fidler has
denounced the DOE for the cynical way it steered enrollment
Tilden and South Shore High
School and then declared them "underutilized."
On February 6, 2007, participated
in the Town Hall meeting in Tilden's auditorium.
Urge your local representatives to make a public
John Sampson, N.Y. State Senate, 19th District
Brooklyn office: 718-649-7653
Email Senator Sampson
Eric Adams, N.Y. State Senate, 20th District
office: (718) 284-4700
Kevin S. Parker, N.Y. State Senate, 21st
Brooklyn office: 718-629-6401
Helene E. Weinstein, N.Y. State Assembly, 41st
Brooklyn office: 718-648-4700
Rhoda S. Jacobs, N.Y. State Assembly, 42nd District
Karim Camara, N.Y. State Assembly, 43rd District
Brooklyn office: (718) 756-1776
Annette M. Robinson, N.Y. State Assembly, 56th District
Kendall Stewart, New York City Council, District
Brooklyn office: 718-951-8177
I was a graduate of Tilden in 1961. This was a
great school and a wonderful learning opportunity.
Please don't shut this school down but give it a chance to flourish
again by addressing the problems. I'm sure many good people, both
students and teachers, want to make the Tilden experience as great
as it once was back in the 50's and 60's.
Give Tilden a chance!
School Whipping Boy
A Local Artist's Conception
What's Wrong with the Phase-out Plan?
It's a shabby, arbitrary process.
December 11, 2006 the DOE announced that Samuel J. Tilden High School
will be closed. The phase-out will begin in eptember
2007. The announcement came nearly two weeks after the deadline
for proposals for new schools to replace Tilden. There was
no attempt to consult the community or solicit local proposals or
partnerships for a redesign.
$25 million to evaluate New York City schools the DOE ignored
its own data. Reviewers from Britain had scored Tilden “proficient” overall
and noted its success with English Language Learners.
In its hasty judgment the DOE also didn't care that our new
was only given a year to improve the school before
it was doomed.
Closing a few schools is only a distraction from a system-wide
Much of what has been said by DOE and Region 6 administrators about
Tilden can be said about dozens of other city high schools. Like
Tilden these other schools have faced severe overcrowding under
the impact of neighboring schools being closed. They suffer from
chronic underfunding and large class-sizes that are 50 to 60
percent higher than schools in the rest of the state.Condemning
Tilden is a way of deflecting responsibility for low
graduation rates throughout the city. New York State
the city's graduation rate at 43 percent. DOE officials
have pumped up the figure to 58 percent, partly by
of GEDs as high school graduates and also by not counting
thousands of mysterious “transfers.”
6 Superintendent Jean-Claude
Brizard wrote a letter to Tilden's parents on December
12 , declaring the major
problem was that Tilden was “not on track” to meet the city's goal
of “raising the city-wide 4-year graduation rate to 70%
and the 6-year graduation rate to 80%.” Not
only do these officials
success of the
they want to scapegoat
they have mismanaged
as though they
The redesign of neighborhood schools is becoming a way to slash
DOE permits new small schools
to exclude English Language Learners and Special Education students
for their first two years. Many
long established programs
at Tilden including the Haitian Creole bilingual program will
be gone and not placed anywhere. If
this is allowed to happen
one shudders to think what would come next. Let's not let it