The Department of Education has reversed a decision to place a charter school in the same building as Brownsville Academy High School, the transfer school which fought the co-location with a student-led lawsuit.
D.O.E. officials said on Wednesday that they found an alternate site for the Success Academy elementary school. They would not say whether the lawsuit played a role in the change.
“While we believed co-locating the two schools was the best option at the time, another better option became available,” said Devon Puglia, a D.O.E. spokesman. “As a result, we decided to propose a new location.”
The D.O.E. is now proposing to locate the new charter school at P.S. 167 The Parkway in Crown Heights.
The lawsuit - which was student-led - had everything to do with the DOE backing down and choosing another site.
The last thing Eva wanted to do was embroil the Success Charter brand in a fight against a student-led lawsuit at an A-rated transfer school with a population of special needs students.
I wouldn't be surprised if Eva herself asked for another site to replace this one.
And this shows us what the strategy against the deform movement going forward should be - student- and parent-led lawsuits against co-locations, closures, etc.
The DOE and Eva are happy to fight the UFT on this stuff.
They're not so happy to fight students on it.
Doesn't make for such nice headlines.
There's a lesson here.