City Cancels Co-Location Plan for P.S. 335 in Crown Heights

By Paul DeBenedetto on February 28, 2014 9:42am 

 The city on Thursday canceled a plan to co-locate a third school into P.S. 335 in Crown Heights.
The city on Thursday canceled a plan to co-locate a third school into P.S. 335 in Crown Heights.
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NYC Department of Education

CROWN HEIGHTS — The city will not move forward with a proposed co-location plan in Crown Heights' P.S. 335, the Department of Education announced on Thursday.

The DOE under Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year approved a co-location plan for a new middle school to move into P.S. 335, which also shares space with M.S. 584, saying the school was only roughly half utilized.

But the de Blasio administration on Thursday reversed that decision, part of a plan to reevaluate 45 proposals made during the last year of the Bloomberg administration.

Of the proposals considered, just nine were reversed, including P.S. 335 and three controversial Success Academy charter school co-locations.

P.S. 335 had traditionally been a successful school before 2013. In both 2011 and 2012 the Weeksville school received an A on its annual progress report from the city, and in 2010 the school earned a Blue Ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education.

Then in 2013, the progress report abruptly fell to a D, citing decreases in student performance, student progress, school environment and closing the achievement gap.

The decision to reverse the co-location decision was lauded by central Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy.

"This is a victory for the parents and administrators who opposed the co-location," Cornegy said on Facebook.

"I congratulate them on their success and thank the chancellor for this appropriate exercise of her discretion."

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