NY: Complaints Force Move of Arabic Academy


BROOKLYN SCHOOL IS DROPPED AS SITE OF ARABIC ACADEMY

The city’s Department of Education abandoned plans yesterday to place the Khalil Gibran International Academy, a fledgling public school that is to be devoted to the study of the Arabic language and culture, in the same building in Park Slope, Brooklyn, that houses Public School 282.

Instead, the department will try to open the Khalil Gibran school in September in another building. Department officials declined to comment on the locations being considered.

The move comes after a campaign against the school by parents of children at P.S. 282, who for months have barraged Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein’s office with e-mail messages and protested outside department headquarters over the plans for the two schools to share a building.

The parents said they were worried about losing classroom space and activities to accommodate the Khalil Gibran school. In recent weeks, some columnists in The New York Sun joined the battle, with accusations that the school was a madrassa, which teaches the Koran, a claim the department dismissed.

 


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