Troubled NYC school told mom to pull her smart son out

Find a greater school on your son. 

That’s the recommendation defeated lecturers at beleaguered PS 147 in Cambria Heights, Queens, gave to mom Keisha Ellis when she requested about enhancing the 11-year-old boy’s efficiency. 

“It’s frightening to hear that from a teacher talking to you about your son,” she told The Post. “They didn’t say they would work with him or try to address it, they just said we should leave.” 

Ellis fears her boy will fail at his dream of turning into a lawyer if he stays on the failing school, the place 70 % of scholars can’t move the state’s fundamental English examination regardless of the DOE spending practically $25,000 per pupil. 

“They told me that he is a good student, a smart student,” she stated. “But they said the school is not a competitive place and that he was just going to fall behind with the rest of his class.” 

It seems that lots of the predominantly black dad and mom on the school are getting the message, as enrollment has dropped 17 % from 2017 to this yr. 

Many District 29 households have cut up for personal and constitution colleges — or moved to Long Island. But Ellis says she’s in a bind as a result of she will’t afford a transfer or a non-public school. 

“A lot of people don’t have the money for private schools,” she stated. “I’ve applied to two charter schools. But that’s it. Otherwise I’m not sure what I’m going to do.” 

The DOE spent roughly $24,000 per scholar at PS 147 in 2019. 

Despite that, 81 % of scholars failed their state math examination in 2019, in accordance to DOE information. Seventy % failed English that yr. 

“If he’s in a class where there is little or no competition, how do you think he’ll feel?” Ellis added. “He’ll feel complacent. If there is a lot of mediocrity in the class, he is not going to do well. He will feel alright that he is not doing OK. He wants to be a lawyer. I know he can accomplish his dream. But it feels farfetched.” 

District mom Judith Nephew stated her son confirmed little progress whereas at PS 52 in Jamaica. 

“He wasn’t getting anywhere” she stated. “Every year they would tell us that he was struggling and that he would have to stay back. Then suddenly, they would say he made a big improvement and they would promote him. At the end of the third grade he still couldn’t read.” 

Keisha Ellis poses Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in front of P.S. 147, the Mc Nair Elementary School in Queens.
Keisha Ellis poses in entrance of P.S. 147, the McNair Elementary School, in Queens.
Georgette Roberts/N.Y. Post

Nephew stated space mates steered that she apply to constitution school Success Academy two years in the past and that she received a spot. 

“They did an evaluation and told me that he would have to repeat the third grade in order to catch up,” she stated. “They took their time and gradually he improved. He is one of the best readers in his class now.” 

Nephew stated that she feels fortunate to have landed a spot on the school and stated District 29 dad and mom are more and more starved for education choices. 

A complete of 73 % of scholars at PS 52 flunked their 2019 state math checks and 67 % failed to move English, in accordance to DOE information. Roughly $23,000 was spent on every scholar that yr. 

Enrollment has dropped from 475 in 2017 to 336 this yr, a dip of 29 %. 

“I know how a lot of parents feel who are in these schools now,” Nephew stated. “Kids are promoted when they shouldn’t be. Nothing happens with bullying. It’s just very difficult.” 

DOE spokesperson Sarah Casasnovas stated, “We’re supporting our District 29 families, teachers, and staff and firmly commit to expanding on the improvements we’ve seen so every child and family has a positive, rigorous and high-quality experience.” 

Local activists Michael Duncan and Raymond Dugue of the Students Improvement Association rallied pissed off dad and mom at District 29 workplaces final week. 

“People are coming to me and asking me what to do,” Duncan stated. “I don’t have an answer for them. There are so many people in these situations who are desperate. The DOE needs to do something now.”

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