The Man Who Holds Park Slope Rezoning in His Hands

Over the long weekend, The New York Times probed deeper into the school rezoning issue that has gripped Park Slope. One little-known factoid: Park Slope is not the only neighborhood facing rezoning. Altogether, 14 proposals are being considered around New York City this year. The bulk of the article profiles District 15 Community Education Council¬†President, Jim Devor, who apparently wields a lot of power on this one issue. The council, made up of a mix of elected and appointed parents, has the deciding vote on whether the rezoning proposal will be adopted. Devor has said he wants the new school, P.S. 133, to set aside seats for ESL children to ensure the school’s diversity. But he has not revealed how he plans to vote on the rezoning.
School Rezoning Touches off a Border War [NY Times]
Revised School Rezoning Plan Divides Park Slope [Brownstoner]
Photo by The Real Deal

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  • How does ESL work? Are there entire classes of ESL students? Or are ESL students integrated into the classes?

    If there are entire classes of ESL students separated from the rest of the student body, does this really qualify as a diverse school?

    • in brooklyn, there are almost always ESL kids in the classrooms. they do not separate. it’s not uncommon to have 20% of the kids in a classroom be ESL. in fact, it’s not uncommon for there to be a kid who speaks no english at all (“off the boat” we’d say in the olden days). They have programs for these kids so they get pulled out a couple times a week for special help. But this is Brooklyn — it’s a melting pot. teachers know how to teach these kids too.

      of course, in a school like 321, the ESL numbers would be much much lower. single digit for sure.