School Rezoning OK’d in Brooklyn Amid Diversity Debate

(DNAINFO) Alexandra Leon | January 6, 2016 — Local education leaders voted to redraw the zone lines for two Brooklyn public schools.

Some elementary school students who live in DUMBO will be switching schools next year after a controversial rezoning plan was greenlighted by local education leaders, despite continued pushback from parents in both school zones.

District 13’s Community Education Council, a panel of parents, voted Tuesday night to accept the Department of Education’s plan to redraw the zoning lines for P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights and P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill.

The proposal passed 6-3, the narrowest required margin.

Starting next fall, blocks within DUMBO — the most expensive neighborhood in the borough — will be moved out of P.S. 8’s zone and into the zone for P.S. 307, where most students are black and Hispanic and live in the nearby Farragut Houses.

Source: School Rezoning OK’d in Brooklyn Amid Diversity Debate – DUMBO – New York