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DOE Changes Plan To Co-Locate Transfer School With Charter Elementary School

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Dozens of public school students suing the Department of Education over a proposal to co-locate a charter school at say the city handed them a victory Wednesday night.

The battle was centered on the space that currently hosts Brownsville Academy High School in Brooklyn, a transfer school for students who haven't excelled in traditional environments.

The city planned to put a charter school for kindergarten through fifth-grade students at the location.

Sixty students at the high school sued the city in an effort to stop that plan, and their attorney now says that the Department of Education has chosen a new location for the charter school.

Students at Brownsville Academy range in age from 17 to 21 years old.

Brownsville scored well on its own report cards, and students were worried that the proposed K-5 charter school would have forced the high school to have fewer classrooms with less personal attention.

Tyrone Francisco, one of the students that sued the DOE, said that Brownsville Academy High School turned his life around.

He said he was worried about the impressionable nature of young children in the school.

"We're going to have to be very mindful around them going up and down the stairs, and us being who we are, we're going to have to really censor ourselves around these little kids," Francisco said. "Because we don't want to give them the wrong impression."

The Department of Education confirmed their change of plans in an email to NY1 this evening, saying that the new location will be a co-location with P.S. 167 in Crown Heights.

The approval process with the state is still ongoing.

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