The Real Deal New York

Millennium school location angers residents

January 20, 2011 01:37PM

Local officials and residents are riled over a plan to operate an elite public school set to open inside a crumbling educational facility in Park Slope, which houses three existing troubled high schools. The school, Millennium Brooklyn, has raised hackles in the community, inciting claims of racism and discrimination against the schools inside the John Jay High School building, according to the Brooklyn Paper. Among the biggest complaints opponents have is an allotted $35,000 in extra funding to Millennium for computers and other equipment, according to local City Council member Brad Lander. “[The Department of Education] should invest resources equally,” Lander said. “There are deep grievances about equality in our education system.” A spokesperson for the city’s education department, however, said that extra “start-up” money is commonly given to new schools, and that Millennium will cater to a diverse student community. [Brooklyn Paper]

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