The mission of the Community Affairs Committee is to strengthen the relationship between P.S. 334 and the broader community through outreach and advocacy. Critical functions include:
- Monitoring regular and special meetings of relevant decision-making bodies, such as the DOE, the District 3 CEC, City Council members and other elected officials, and Community Board 7, and keeping the PTA executive board and the parent body informed of important developments;
- Supporting P.S. 334’s efforts to increase awareness about the school and opportunities like Requests for Testing for G&T through flyering and outreach to local Pre-Ks.
- Organizing the P.S.334 community response in critical debates, through, for example, letter writing campaigns, petitions, information sheets, and participation in community meetings; and
- Maintaining up-to-date data related to D3 student population issues, G&T testing/applications, and citywide elementary/K-8 programs to support ongoing outreach and advocacy activity.
Getting Involved: Responding to the Recommendations of the Mayor’s School Diversity Advisory Group
In August 2019, Mayor de Blasio’s School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) released a report, “Making the Grade II: New Programs for Better Schools,” which recommended, among other things, the elimination of G&T programs in NYC. Mayor de Blasio is assessing the recommendations to determine if he will direct the Department of Education to enact them.
How can Anderson parents voice their concerns?
- Click here to see the November 4, 2019 letter to Mayor de Blasio from the Anderson PTA presidents, along with PTA leadership from four other G&T schools, urging him to reject the SDAG recommendation to eliminate G&T.
- Contact the Mayor and your other elected representatives
Let your voice be heard, and tell your elected representatives that shutting down our school is not the answer. For template letters, please click here and here.
Find the names and contact information for your elected officials here, and copy District 3 Superintendent Christine Loughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) on your outreach to your elected officials.
- Join the Community Affairs Committee
Email the VP of Community Affairs at email@example.com to learn more.
- Attend community meetings
It’s helpful to have our school represented at public meetings about this and other important topics. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved in this way or receive the PTA’s suggested talking points for public comment.
- The PTA has developed talking points that can provide basic guidance on how to speak about this complex issue, including how to reference supporting the overall goal to increase diversity. Additionally, members of the Community Affairs Committee have developed this helpful FAQ for parents who want to learn more about this issue.
- Petition to Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza
A concerned individual created a Change.org petition entitled “Do Not Close G&T Programs in NYC.” Find this petition here.
- Senator Toby Ann Stavisky’s Petition to Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza
Senator Stavisky, who represents the 16th Senate District in Queens, is the Chair of the New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education. Find her petition to expand Gifted and Talented Programs by testing all children and adding more G&T seats here.