Sunday, November 8, 2015
Gulen Syacuse Academy of Science wants to expand to a 4th school despite Islamic prayer room found on campus
PRAYER ROOM HIDDEN IN BACK OF SYRACUSE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, YET THIS SCHOOL WANTS TO EXPAND AND OPEN ANOTHER SCHOOL? SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse City School District wants to know what you think about having another charter school in Syracuse. The Syracuse Academy of Science has proposed opening a new kindergarten through second grade charter school in September 2016. The company already operates three schools in Syracuse: a high school, a middle school and an elementary school. The fourth school would be called the Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship and would require community service at each grade level. The school plans to grow to full capacity in coming years, the district said. By the 2020-2021 school year, the school would enroll 525 students in grades K-6. Over the next 10 years, the school would add a new grade each year to become K-12 and enroll 975 students. The proposal is currently under review by the state's Board of Regents. The board could make a decision on the proposal as soon as its Nov. 17 meeting, according to the school district. The school of Science & Citizenship would be free and open to all children within the state. The company has said the proposed school would give priority enrollment to English language learners. Under the state's rules, funding for the charter school would be determined by where its students live. State aid for those students then goes to the charter school rather than the public school district. The district is required to provide transportation for those students. The district is asking for feedback from the community in the form of a public hearing on Tuesday. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the district's offices, 725 Harrison St. in Syracuse. Contact reporter Julie McMahon anytime: Email | Twitter | 315-412-1992
community spoke at november 5th meeting now the decision goes to the state of new york.