Hook ‘Academy’ gets more time in PS 15

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

The city approved a charter school’s controversial expansion within a Red Hook public school early on Wednesday morning — despite the efforts of scores of teachers and parents to prevent it.

The city’s Panel for Educational Policy, whose members are picked by the mayor and the five borough presidents, voted 8-4-1 to approve the PAVE Academy’s plan to occupy more space in PS 15. But of the eight votes in favor of the charter school, only one came from a member of the panel not appointed by the mayor — a clear indication that not everyone in the city’s political establishment backs the charter-school-loving mayor.

The approval will allow the PAVE Academy to remain inside PS 15 on Sullivan Street — and continue its expansion from a kindergarten-through-second-grade program to a full K-8 program — for three more years, before the charter school is supposed to find its own building.

The vote came at 3:30 am on Wednesday — after the far more controversial item on the agenda: a city plan to close 19 low-performing schools.

As a result, PAVE Academy founder and director Spencer Robertson didn’t even get to speak until 2:30 am. He was booed throughout.

PS 15 teacher Julie Cavanaugh saw the contentious case as part of a larger effort by Mayor Bloomberg to move city public schools towards a private-school-style education model.

“It’s a clear, intentional policy to undermine and dismantle public education,” Cavanaugh said.

She and other teachers and parents pledged to continue fighting the process, which they say will undermine the quality of education at their school.

The simmering tensions between PS 15 and the charter school, reached a boiling point when the city announced the charter school could remain in the facility for an additional five years while growing by one grade a year.

Three years was supposed to be a compromise, but Cavenaugh, for one, doesn’t believe that Robertson’s academy will be out of PS 15 that soon.

“You know damn well that building won’t be built in three years — three years my ass!” she said. “It will be a whole other ordeal and a whole other fight.”

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Pacholo from Red Hook says:
The City is transforming Education into a revenue maker. They are forgetting about Teaching.
Jan. 29, 2010, 1:39 am
Patrick F Daly shot again, this time the gun was from Red Hook says:
Concerning PS 15 Patrick F Daly School and the Pave Academy Charter School Business being housed at in Red Hook, the trigger has been pulled again, this time at the school itself.

January 27, 2010 the Pave academy staff walked around with huge grins and did victory dances in the face of the PS 15 Patrick F Daly staff; it was a very sad day at PS 15 in Red Hook. It truly felt as if Mayor Bloomberg, Klein and the PEP aimed and shot the Mr. Daly School right in the back without any remorse of feelings whatsoever.

From the huge tragedy of a December day almost 20 years ago, to dealing with the 9/11 crisis that was so close to the school and now this! Shot in the back for doing its job. With the rug pulled out from under its feet, Red Hook has lost its triple A school to Mayor Bloomberg’s hostile charter school takeover of Public School buildings. It took the multi million dollar donations of the Tiger Foundation to Bloomberg, the work and influence of billionaires and back room deals with the community organizations in Red Hook surrounding PS 15 outside and even inside PS 15 itself to hand over a public school building to the Pave Company that has built itself on lies.

The PS 15 Patrick F Daly school staff and PTA can be very proud of itself for doing all it could. Yes, we walked around very very tired from being at the PEP meeting until the wee hours of the morning, but we can hold our heads high even though the smirks from the Pave staff were like alcohol being poured on open wounds. But what does anyone care? Little did we know that with mayoral control of the schools the voices of the parents, staff, and the voices of those in Red Hook not bought by Spenser Robertson would fall on deaf ears? Little did we know anything about the corrupt Tiger Foundation and how it would plan an attack many years ago and use all its resources against us? Little did we know that all the DOE rules would be broken and changed to fit the charter school business inside PS 15? Little did we know that the PEP and how it is stacked by the mayor, after being shown all the rules that were broken, could care less about it? Little did we know that the President of the United States, with his Race to the Top program has sanctioned this type of activity and the Governor of NYS supports this kind of activity? Little did we know that the police under Mayor Bloomberg would infringe on the civil rights of parents, students and staff of PS 15 with pictures taken of us from peaceful rallies? Little did we know about the UFT, how it works and to find out they have their own charter schools and would send little support? Little did we know that the UFT would not organize every school in this city to help fight this? Little did we know that many, not all, of the local politicians would do nothing for the almost 400 families and staff of the PS 15 community? Little did we know that Facebook can be hacked? Little did we know about charter schools and the push to privatize and hand over communities to businesses and corporations? Little did we know about the backhanded activities of Mayor Bloomberg and the DOE? Little did we know about how the media is manipulated in NYC? Little did we know how much other schools know about what is going on in neighboring schools? My God, what we have learned in the past couple of years and the tragedy that is now to come, the handing over of our rooms to the charter school business, the handing over of special ed service rooms, science rooms, art and music space that is to come.

No one from the PS 15 PTA or on the PS 15 staff asked for this. We were doing our jobs, loving and caring for the community of Red Hook. We rose to the occasion trying to defend our territory as anyone would do but the big big money and the guns were pointed at our backs and the trigger was pulled and the Patrick F Daly school was shot in its back. This is dictatorship at its finest and manipulation of the system and back room deals. This is conflict of interest but the politicians and those in power support this activity. It is acceptable practice in the Bloomberg administration.

The PS 15 Patrick F Daly School PTA and Staff stand proud in the face of the victory dance and smirks from the Pave staff. We did all that we can against a corrupt Mayor Bloomberg, DOE, Tiger Foundation and Pave Academy Charter Business. We did this without the millions and millions of dollars under the table and back room dealings with Red Hook / Brooklyn community organizations inside and out of PS 15. Mr. Daly has turned in his grave; his AAA school has been shot in its back by the shameful Mayor Bloomberg and his stacked PEP group of puppets, Bloomberg’s chancellor Klein the lawyer, the DOE (are any of these educators?), and Pave Academy Charter business.

We need to revisit documents written very long ago called, Common Sense by Thomas Paine and the Intolerable Acts. We are in a very sad state of affairs. This is America in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, January, 2010.
Jan. 29, 2010, 5:13 am
Carlinda from Red hook says:
Sorry, but hook academy is one of the finest catering to work training schools with a focus on underprivellaged Lation youth. OUr community has suffered so much at the hands of religous extremists and cheaper asian labour, so please don't take away what we have left. I hope that this can be the start of a new era of universal peace, with multicultural and green solutions for local people.
Feb. 4, 2010, 5:10 am

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

This week’s featured advertisers

See all ads