Parents Fight Expansion of Bushwick Charter School

Parents at two co-located middle schools are furious at the Department of Education’s plan to take more space from them in order to give it to a controversial charter school housed in the same building.

Parents with kids in I.S. 349 and I.S. 347 fear the Department of Education will continue awarding more room to Achievement First University Prep, until there’s nothing left for them, they said.

“They want to keep cutting back our space.” said Maria Angelica Castillo, 39, mother of a 13-year-old sixth grader at I.S. 349, one of the two middle schools co-located inside the school building at 35 Starr St. in Bushwick.

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