In Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, our public schools are overcrowded. Lack of space, a mostly residential building stock, and little turnover… it has made the district a difficult place to build a school. There is hope, however. Our new City Councilperson-elect, Justin Brannan, campaigned on a single promise: to construct a new school in Bay Ridge or Dyker Heights within his first term. Can it be done?
In our newest studio episode, we dig deep into the weeds of educational policy and school construction with some guidance from our newest Radio Free Bay Ridge team member, Erik Shell. With Erik’s help, we’ll look at the demographics data that reinforces our need for a new school, counter some myths and raise some warning flags about co-location and charter schools claiming they can solve overcrowding, and discuss our most pressing and time-sensitive issue: finding space for the school. We are also joined in the studio by our City Councilperson-elect, Justin Brannan, who will give us a behind-the-scenes look at how he’s advocating for a new school and how he intends to keep his promise for a new school within four years.
If you were at the last City Council debate, held at Xavarian high school – or if you’ve listened to the full, uncut audio we posted the next morning, we’ve got something you might enjoy.
Inspired by some of the incredible, ludicrious, repetitive and downright scary things we heard last Tuesday, Radio Free Bay Ridge has prepared the following drinking game for your debate-listening pleasure.
Depending on your choice of beverage, you could end up unbelievably hydrated, or seriously inebriated.
Play responsibly and in accordance with your local laws, and leave ideas for additional rules in the comments!
In our first episode, we take a look at John Quaglione’s proposed “Eyes on the Streets” program. It involves setting up an incident-based NYPD webcam database. Dan and Rachel dig into whether it’s a good idea and look into the possible pitfalls. Is quality of life on a downturn, and is this the right solution if it is?