Controversial Brooklyn school rezoning approved

- The Community Education Council voted 6-3 in favor of rezoning two Brooklyn schools. But not everyone is happy about it.

To help reduce overcrowding at P.S. 8, a high-performing predominately white school in Brooklyn Heights, the zone has been changed. Current P.S. 8 students will be grandfathered but this fall incoming kindergarteners in DUMBO and Vinegar Hill will go to P.S. 307. The school made up of mostly minority students, across the street the Farragut Houses, and has hundreds of available seats.

Patrick Wall, senior reporter at Chalkbeat New York, an education news website, says there was a lot of pushback from parents at both schools about the rezoning.

The Department of Education suggested the rezoning and said its approval is " essential step that will increase diversity and ensure the needs of students and families in the district are met."

Just because the zone has been changed doesn't mean parents will follow the Department of Education recommendations. Charter schools and private schools are options. It will be interesting to see where the students actually end of at P.S. 307 this fall.

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