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Affidavit of Rachel Dahill-Fuchel Dated 7-29-2011 in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

Affidavit of Rachel Dahill-Fuchel Dated 7-29-2011 in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

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Published by Marc Landis
Index No. 107173-2011, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County

Steglich, Cherwin et al v Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York, et al. (Steglich II)
Index No. 107173-2011, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County

Steglich, Cherwin et al v Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York, et al. (Steglich II)

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IFILED:NEWYORKCOUNTYCLERK08/03/20111
NYSCEFDOC.NO.119
SUPREMECOURTOFTHESTATEOFNEWYORKNEWYORKCOUNTY
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LISASTEGLICH,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofALEXANDERHERLIHY,infant,RICCHERWIN,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardian:ofMARLEYCHERWIN,infant,CAROLBARKER,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofOMARI:BROWN,infant,GINADEMETRIUS,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofSEBASTIANDEMETRIUS,KIMBERLYJARNOT,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofMARGARETTHOMAS,infant,NYDIAJORDAN,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofHARRYD.JORDAN,infant,KAVERYKAUL,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofASHOKKAUL,infant,RUBENandGERALDINELOPEZ,individuallyandasparentsandnaturalguardiansofSHANELOPEZ,infant,MADELINEOLMEDA,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofCRISTINAJULLIACRUZ,infant,LAZARAQUINONES,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofDORISALCANTARA,infant,andMARILYNNSARJEANT,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofALIYACLUNIE,infant,Plaintiffs-Appellants,-against-THEBOARDOFEDUCATIONOFTHECITYSCHOOL:DISTRICTOFTHECITYOFNEWYORKa/k/aTHEPANELFOREDUCATIONALPOLICY,THEDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONOFTHECITYOFNEWYORK,andDENNISM.WALCOTT,asChancellor:oftheCitySchoolDistrictoftheCityofNewYork,Defendants-Respondents,-and-UPPERWESTSUCCESSACADEMYCHARTERSCHOOLa/k/aSUCCESSACADEMYCHARTERSCHOOL,MATTHEWMOREY,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantsTHOMASMOREYandCLAIREMOREY,MARTINAARES,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantSABINEBALOU-AARES,GABRIELBAEZ,individuallyandas
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AFFIDAVITOFRACHELDAHILL-FUCHEL
 
parentandnaturalguardianofinfantCHRISTOPHERBAEZ,LISBETHDELOSSANTOS,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantMIYAHMUZO,ELANAKILKENNY,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantLIAMKILKENNY,ELISSAKLEIN,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantAVAKLEIN,REBECCAKUHAR,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantROBERTMAXWELLKUHAR,LATISHASINGLETARY,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantRANIYAGARRETT-WELLS,MICHAELSUCHANEK,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantsSALLYSUCHANEKandAMELIASUCHANEK,andOAVIOTURNOFF,individuallyandasparentandnatural:guardianofinfantHUNTERKIM-TURNOFF,Intervenor-Defendants-Respondents.
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STATEOFNEWYORK):ss.:COUNTYOFNEWYORK)
RACHELDAHILL-FUCHEL,
beingdulyswornunderthepenaltyofperjury,deposesandsays:1.IamtheAcademicDeanoftheGlobalLearningCollaborative("GlobalLearning"),ahighschoollocatedwithintheBrandeisCampus.Imakethisaffirmationbasedonmypersonalknowledge.2.GlobalLearningcurrentlyhasarosterof211studentsforthe2011-2012schoolyear,wehavearosterof171incomingstudents.WhiletheRevisedEISsaysGlobalLearningwillhaveatotalenrollmentofupto330studentsfor2011-2012,wewillhave382.YetnoadditionalspacehasbeenallocatedtoGlobalLearningtoaccommodatethese52additionalstudents.2
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3.AsofJuly29,westillhave171studentsonourroster-allstudentswhohavebeennotifiedbytheDOEthattheyhaveaseatinourschool.Evenif,overthenextmonth20%oftheincomingstudentsdecidetoenrollelsewhere,wewillstillhave147studentsinour9
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gradeclassof2011-2012.Withamaximumof450slatedforourtotalcapacity,andalreadyhaving211studentsonourregister,thisleavesbarelyroomfor95studentstojoinusforthe2012-2013schoolyear.TherehasbeentremendousdemandwithinthecommunityforseatsatGlobalLearning;wehadover850applicationsfor2011-2012.4.Inadditiontothefactthatweareslatedtohave50morestudentsthanforwhichwehavebeenallocatedspace,GlobalLearninghasaveryhighpercentageofhighneedsstudents,EnglishLanguageLearners(ELLs)andSpecialEducationorIEPstudents.5.Currently,wehaveover67ELLstudents.Someofthesestudentsarecategorizedas"SIFE",StudentswithIncompleteFormalEducation.Thesechildrenarefunctionally,andsometimessocially/emotionally,illiterateintheirownlanguageaswellasinEnglish.TheDOEestablishedGlobalLearningashavingaBilingualprogramintowhichtheycouldpourELLstudentsintotheschool.Accordingly,thenumberofELLstudentswhowillbeenrolledinGlobalLearningwillonlyincrease.Thesestudents,whethertheyareSIFEorhaveintermediateEnglishproficiency,requiresignificantsupportserviceswhichinturnrequiresadditionalspace.6.Atpresent,GlobalLearninghasmorethan60IEPstudents,including18whocametoGlobalLearningdesignatedforinstructioninaSelf-ContainedClassroomduetothenatureoftheirdisabilities.InSeptember,2009,theDOEurgedGlobalLearningtochangetheirdesignationtothatofCooperativeTeam-Teaching,(CTT).Sincethen,duetotheurgingoftheSpecialEducationteacherswhohaveworkedwithsomeofthesestudentsfortwofullyears,the3
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