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PAVE/PS 15 Continue to Lock Horns

Ever since the PAVE academy, a charter school here in the neighborhood, announced that it would be extending its stay inside the PS 15 building beyond its originally-planned two year period, there has been quite a bit of back and forth between the two parties.

Photo from The Brooklyn Paper/ Tom Callan

Parents of PS 15 students feel that their children are being hurt by the presence of another school, adding more bodies to the school and potentially competing for resources.

PAVE, for its part, says that they are making the best out of an imperfect situation as they try to find their permanent home.

I’ll refrain from weighing in- if anything, the debate around charter schools is a complex one, and I think anyone who suggests that they are always/never a good thing isn’t looking at it from every side.  I will say that it’s a shame that these two schools, both committed to teaching young people and both with solid track records, have been put in this position of opposition.

According to an article in the Brooklyn Paper, though, the controversy may be en route to ending.

“We have $26 million from the Department of Education, and we’ve raised $6.2 million on our own,” said Wally Bazemore, a member of the PAVE Academy board of directors.

Bazemore added that the academy needs $6 million more to have full funding its own facility at Henry and Mill streets.

So who knows how long that could be.  Here’s hoping that a peaceful resolution is in sight, and that these two schools will continue to offer rewarding educational experiences for their students.

Falconworks Coming Around the Bend

The Brooklyn Paper has a short piece on Red Hook community arts organization DTE Falconworks and their upcoming piece, Off the Hook.  The shows are scheduled for November 20th and 21st at PS 15 here in Red Hook.

photo: Bess Adler for the Brooklyn Paper

“Off the Hook” is a youth playwriting program with involvement from some of the same great students who participate in our programs at Dancee Theatre Etcetera.  Students get the opportunity to work with mentor/dramaturgs as they craft their pieces, and then see their visions realized in a full (though bare-bones) production of their plays.

Check out OTH to support these creative young people- head over to the Falconworks website for details or to reserve a ticket.

Angels in the Paper

Photo: Tom Giebel

Photo: Tom Giebel

Ben Muessig of the Brooklyn Paper has a nice little writeup leading into October 10th’s Angels & Accordions.

The Green-Wood Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 560,000 Brooklynites, but it only takes 30 dancers and a troupe of accordion players to make it come to life.

Check out the article for more goodies, including quotes from DTE Executive Director (& Angels auteur), Martha Bowers, and stay tuned to the blog for Angel-y updates as we countdown to 10/10.  If you still don’t know what Angels & Accordions is, head over to the official performance webpage.

On The Waterfront on the waterfront

No typo- just a chance to see a wonderful play in a truly unique setting.

The Brooklyn Paper reports today that Budd Schulberg’s play, “On The Waterfront,” will be produced aboard Red Hook’s own Waterfront Museum & Showboat Barge.

The play is part of a series of productions of works by Brooklyn-born writers presented in interesting Brooklyn locations. Check out Brave New World Rep for details.