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Proposed HS Phase Out: Alfred E. Smith HS Shop Classes, music by Mark Noakes

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Published on Jan 19, 2010

Alfred E. Smith Career & Technical Education (CTE) High School is one of the public schools proposed to be phase out by the NYC Department of Education (DOE) due to poor graduation rates. The DOE's Panel for Education Policy (PEP) states that Alfred E. Smith CTE HS will be phased out without replacement. We welcome change, but phasing out our school is not the answer and unacceptable; not having a plan that involves the continued use of the building to educate the economically disadvantaged South Bronx students in pre-engineering, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and automotive mechanics is disgraceful. A phase out would mean no freshman will enter the shop classes in September 2010. The teachers will be released, shop classes will be increasingly underutilized and eventually nonexistent. As a result, plumbers, electricians, HVAC mechanics, carpenters, automotive mechanics and pre-engineers no longer be trained at AES. Phasing out Alfred E. Smith HS and eliminating its unparalleled Career & Technical Education component is unequivocally a mistake and not the solution to the problem.

To read quantitative reasons why our CTE/shops class should not be phased out see this link:
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ASr...

To see the DOE's phase-out proposal and learn more about our school and this situation go to this link:
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ASr...

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
(Do the following BEFORE January 26th)

- Submit a public comment to Samuel Sloves (HS.Proposals@schools.nyc.gov, 718-935-4414). TYPE Alfred E. Smith CTE High School in the subject line. Feel free to use any/all of the above reasons, or just simply state you don't want to see AES phased out. Keep resending emails (every day) through January 25th.

- Reach out to politicians: re-send this email to the following people (and whoever else you can think of):
Helena Foster 718-55-7790foster@council.nyc.gov
Vanessa Gibson 718-538-2000GibsonV@assembly.state.ny.us
Michael Benjamin718-589-6324BenjamM@assembly.state.ny.us
Carmen Arroyo 718-292-2901Arroyo@assembly.state.ny.us

Complete political list, see this link:
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ASr...

- Attend the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) meeting on January 26th, Tuesday. They will vote on the fate of 20 NYC Public Schools.

4:30 PM - protest
5:00 PM - sign up to speak
6:00 PM - Meeting starts

Where:
Brooklyn Technical High School (718-858-5150)
29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217"

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