Residents gathered in front of Harlem’s P.S. 123 Friday to protest a plan by the Department of Education to create a separate charter school within the school building.
P.S. 123 would be downsized by seven classrooms to make room for the Harlem Success Academy.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer joined other local leaders to go on a tour of the school.
Stringer called on the schools chancellor and the president of the Board of Education to suspend all activity in the school, and to sit down with the community to discuss their concerns.
“This is not about creating a political rally. This is about how we are going to educate all of the children – the charter school and the public school – in September,” said Stringer.
“It should never be a situation where a charter school comes into a public school and literally starts pushing them out. That should never be done and its happening here,” said Queens Democratic Councilman and mayoral candidate Tony Avella.
DOE officials said they worked with leaders from both schools to create a plan which distributes the building’s resources to all of the students.