Its recommendations are as follows:
Standardizing Site Selection
The Department should partner with urban spatial planning experts to update its enrollment capacity utilization(ECU) formulas to incorporate congestion issues.2.
The Department should create a building capacity checklist and partner with a third-party expert to ensure thatall schools have adequate space to support enrichment and programmatic needs outside of classroominstruction.3.
The Department should develop uniform standards for co-locations, including a cap on building utilization rates
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the Department should require educational impactstatements (EISs) and building utilization plans (BUPs) to justify the proposed co-location on the basis of community needs, sound economic and facilities planning, and school compatibility.5.
NYSED and the Department should require EISs and BUPs to comparatively itemize and display individualroom assignments and programming facilities.6.
NYSED and the Department should require EISs and BUPs to discuss the impact of proposed changes tooverall District 75 programming.
Making Parents Partners in the Process
The Department should require school-based informational meetings in all schools being considered for co-location, including school-based informational meetings for charter schools being re-sited.8.
The Department should improve the functionality of its official website to feature homepage links to informationon major change proposals; accurate and consistent information with descriptive titles; and several translationsof information on proposed changes.This “Consensus for Reform Plan” responds to the most pressing concern raised by parents, teachers, andactivists—that the Department undervalues community feedback and unilaterally decides where to site schoolswithout taking into account the opinions of those most directly affected.
The concluding section on recommendations details these recommendations with specific action items and explanations.