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Affidavit of Rachel Dahill-Fuchel Dated 8-10-2011 in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

Affidavit of Rachel Dahill-Fuchel Dated 8-10-2011 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:NEWYORKCOUNTYCLERK08/10/20111
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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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IndexNo.107173/11AFFIDAVITOFRACHELDAHILL-FUCHEL
 
parentandnaturalguardianofinfantCHRISTOPHERBAEZ,LISBETHDELOSSANTOS,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantMIYAHMUZO,ELANAKILKENNY,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantLIAMKILKENNY,ELISSAKLEIN,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantAVAKLEIN,REBECCAKUHAR,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantROBERTMAXWELLKUHAR,LATISHASINGLETARY,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantRANIYAGARRETT-WELLS,MICHAELSUCHANEK,individuallyandasparentandnaturalguardianofinfantsSALLYSUCHANEKandAMELIASUCHANEK,andDAVIDTURNOFF,individuallyandasparentandnatural:guardianofinfantHUNTERKIM-TURNOFF,Intervenor-Defendants-Respondents.
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RACHELDAHILL-FUCHEL,
beingdulyswornunderthepenaltyofperjury,deposesandsays:1.IamtheAcademicDeanoftheGlobalLearningCollaborative("GlobalLearning"),ahighschoollocatedwithintheBrandeisCampus.Asofthe2011-2012schoolyear,IwillbetheAssistantPrincipalforGlobalLearning.Imakethisaffirmationbasedonmypersonalknowledge.2.Ihaveover25yearsofexperienceasaneducator.IgraduatedfromCityUniversityofNewYork-QueensCollegewithaBachelorsofArtsinTheaterandEnglishin1982.IobtainedaMastersofArtsinPerformanceandTheaterEducationfromEmersonCollege2
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in1987.In1997,IobtainedaProfessionalDiplomaforAdministrationofUrbanEducationfromFordhamUniversity.3.IbeganmyteachingcareerinNewYorkCitypublicschoolsin1985.IhavetaughtinschoolsinCalifornia,BostonandMexico.In1997,Iswitchedfromclassroominstructiontoprofessionaldevelopment.Ihavespentnearlytwelveyearshelpingteachersandadministratorsimproveclassroompracticesandenhanceschoolcommunity.IworkedastheUFTTeacherCenterSpecialistatBrandeisHighSchoolfrom2001-2008.Accordingly,IamfamiliarwitheventsthattookplaceattheBrandeiscampuswhichpredatetheopeningofGlobalLearning.4.Imakethisaffidavit,notbecauseIamunabletoco-existwithotherschoolsinaprofessionalandcollegialmanner,norbecauseIconsidercharterschoolspariahsorinvaders.Imakethisaffidavitbecauseasthefactsandnumbersdemonstrate,thisplannedco-locationhamperstheabilityofGlobalLearningtomeettheneedsofitsstudents,andcreatesunnecessarychallengestothesuccessofalltheexistingschools.Ihavemaintainedoppositiontoanynewschoolenteringourcampusuntiltheexistingschoolsreachfullcapacity,andfutureneedscanthenbeassessedforeducationalmerit.NoramIaloneinmyconcerns,asDefendantswouldhavethisCourtbelieve.TheCourtshouldrejectDefendants'speculativehyperboleandbearinmindthat,asofthiswriting,otherschoolleadershavenotgoneonrecordwiththeirconcernsastheyareallfouruntenuredprincipals.5.DefendantsclaimthattheenrollmentfortheincomingninthgradeclassatGlobalLearningwillnotexceedtheirenrollmentprojectionbecause,basedonthepasttwoyearsexperience,37%ofthestudentsonourrosterasofthespringwillchoosetoattendotherschools.Defendants'claimismisleading,andtheirmathunsupported.WhatDefendantsomitisthatin3
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