A blown light in a Brooklyn school is stirring up long-standing tension over PCBs between public school parents and a charter school group.
Success Academy Charter School and three traditional public schools share a building in Cobble Hill, where a light fixture containing PCBs popped and began smoking in a school office this week.
Though no children were in the room at the time, the incident angered parents who had already learned that contractors working for Success removed lighting fixtures in only the charter section of the building last summer, without city approval.
"That really angered me to find out that there was a school in this building that removed the lights, and the rest of the children were still in harm's way," said Revere Joyce, who has a child who attends the School of International Studies.
"I think that all children, whether they are charter children, whether they are public school children, parochial school children, all children need to be in a safe environment," said Celia Green, who has a child who attends P.S. 368.
Success founder Eva Moskowitz said in a statement that "no child was put in harm's way" during the removal of the fixtures.
The DOE said it made the charter school aware that the removal was not approved and emphasized that all light fixtures are scheduled to be replaced this summer.