Commit to diversity at the John Jay campus.
The DOE should commit that John Jay will remain a diverse campus, with a mix of non-selective and selective options, reflective of Brooklyn’s high school population.
The new school, Millennium Brooklyn, should have an explicit goal of recruiting andmaintaining a diverse community, using Brooklyn’s diversity as a model.
All schools should serve appropriate numbers of kids with special needs and EnglishLanguage Learners, as much in-classroom as possible.
Provide equitable and adequate resource investments across schools.
Implement building-wide improvements, many of which are long overdue, to bringthe John Jay building up to a state of good repair. The DOE must provide atransparent, itemized list of expenditures being made with restructuring funds.-
Electrical upgrade to include adequate electrical services and outlets in all rooms.-
Wireless upgrade, to support wireless connectivity in all rooms.-
Renovation of all bathrooms.-
Cafeteria renovation and upgrade.-
Maintain and improve the school library.-
Establish a shared multi-media room, for use by all schools.
Capital investments tied to restructuring must serve all schools equally, as required by law. If Millennium Brooklyn classrooms are outfitted with new technologies, theother three schools should receive equal investments.
The three existing schools should be provided with the equivalent of the “newschools” start-up money that they did not receive when they were new schools. Thiswould redress past wrongs, comply with the legal requirement that restructuringinvestments be equal, and help put the schools on a more level playing field.
Where one school offers AP classes, these should be open to students from allschools.
Allow the existing schools to consider changing their names, if they wish.
Space planning must be done in an equitable, transparent, inclusive manner.
The DOE must work transparently with the principals and school communities todevelop a space plan for the building – including both which classrooms/spaces belong to the individual schools, and how shared spaces (cafeteria, gym, auditorium,library, pool, etc) are utilized. It should not be developed and presented as a
Schools must be treated equitably in space planning. Particular space needs of eachschool must be addressed (e.g. the mock courtroom for the Secondary School of Law,the “nest” room for the ASD/Nest program) without reducing classroom space.
Remove the Alternative Learning Center. It was originally intended that thesecenters would be rotated to different locations around the borough; the ALC should be removed from John Jay, where space will now increasingly be at a premium.
As a point of reference: Brooklyn is 37% white, 33% African-American, 20% Latino, and 10% Asian.Millennium (in Manhattan) is 35% white, 12% black, 22% Hispanic, 28% Asian . MS 447/Math & Science(the school led by the proposed Millennium Brooklyn principal Lisa Gioe, which in many ways is themodel for Millennium Brooklyn) is 35% white, 30% black, 26% Hispanic, and 8% Asian.