By George Hunka
UPDATE: There will be a Build Schools Now meeting on Tuesday, April 1, at 6.00pm at Manhattan Youth’s Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren Street. All are welcome to attend and learn more about the effort.
Downtown Manhattan schools are already burdened with a growing school-age population, and the establishment of new schools is not keeping up with the boom. A new non-partisan, independent political committee called Build Schools Now seeks to promote awareness of the urgent need to build more public schools downtown to meet this demographic growth.
Build Schools Now says that its mission is to hold the Department of Education accountable to build a 456-seat school budgeted in its Capital Plan and restore the DOE’s commitment to build 1,000 new seats in Lower Manhattan. To this end, it has created a Web site at http://www.buildschoolsnow.org and maintains a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BuildSchoolsNow. You can visit either of the sites for more information and to make a donation; you can also download a convenient flyer here.