In October, more than 15,000 people attended a pro-charter-school rally in Cadman Plaza Park. More recently, a charter school in Fort Greene was accused of discriminating against under-performing students.

      Many pro-charter folks believe the independent institutions provide more choice and better educational experiences. But a number of public school advocates argue that charter schools skim the best students while taking attention and resources away from public schools that need them.

      Which system is better? Where do you stand?


      Photo by Simone Wilson for Patch

      After months of heated discussion over the rezoning of two public schools in Brooklyn Heights and Vinegar Hill — raising issues of segregation, social class and gentrification — District 13’s Community Education Council (CEC) voted Tuesday in favor of redrawing both school zones.

      Starting with the next school year, kids living in Dumbo — Brooklyn’s most expensive nabe — will be zoned to attend Vinegar Hill’s P.S. 307 rather than the overcrowded P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights.

      Is this a win for integration and educational equity?


      Rendering by Marvel Architects via DNAinfo

      Architect firm Marvel Architects has released a rendering for Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park’s sixth residential tower and neighborhood school, located at 664 Pacific Street.

      The tower looks notably similar to another Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park building, B3 at 38 6th Avenue, despite this being Marvel Architects’ first design within the complex. SHoP Architects’ rendering for 38 6th Avenue shows a similarly boxy, stacked structure.