Parents split on whether Princeton Plan works for Hendrick Hudson students

The Hendrick Hudson School Board voted to postpone a modified version of the Princeton Plan that would change where students go to school for the second year in a row.

News 12 Staff

Apr 13, 2023, 10:40 AM

Updated 404 days ago

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A Westchester community is split on controversial plan that would change where students attend class.
The Hendrick Hudson School Board voted to postpone a modified version of the Princeton Plan that would change where students go to school for the second year in a row.
The board voted on Proposal B, a modified version of the Princeton Plan that was instituted last year.
Under the modified plan, all kindergartners and first graders are at one school while second and third graders are in another building.
Some parents, however, complained that some children now have a more than 30-minute bus ride to school rather than a simple walk around the block. Many also complained during Wednesday night's meeting that the board promised to wait until June to vote on any changes.
Hendrick Hudson officials say by moving students around, the plan improves diversity within the schools as well as save money after millions in tax revenue were lost due to the closure of Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. But some say the plan has actually increased costs.
After hearing from concerned parents and teachers, the board voted to postpone deciding on the hybrid plan until December.
Those who opposed the plan say it would have been too much change for young students, that there is not enough data to make the decision, and there was confusion about what equity means and how to best achieve it.
"The changes you are proposing will compound this communal trauma. They have multiple financial shortcomings," said teacher Corinne.
Board President Alexis Bernard added, "I believe our youngest kids need to feel safe and have consistency. Elementary school is the foundation of their education."


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