Yet one aspect of this last-minute change is clear: by adopting a document-release technique employed by sneaky and scandal-ridden organizations the world round, DOE is essentially confirming that it has been hasty and opportunistic in pushing changes to P.S. 9's building , without bothering to weigh the evidence. Unfortunately, DOE's new Educational Impact Statement and Building Utilization Plan still propose the relocation of a charter middle school onto the second floor of 80 Underhill Avenue.
DOE's 11th-hour changes include:
•Raising the projected number of students at P.S. 9, from 650 to 729
•Shortening the already-slim description of the proposal's impact on P.S. 9 students; now one may find a few details buried in a catch-all "Impact on Students Currently Attending Schools in the K009 Building."
•Removing footnotes that chastised P.S. 9 for admitting out-of-zone students this year
•Adding 3 pages.
Also unchanged is DOE's severe underestimation of the number of classrooms that P.S. 9 will need at the enrollment rates it projects.
One stated purpose of DOE's revisions is to eliminate typographical errors caused by the initial rush. Yet the new documents introduce new typos—including one in a sentence about earlier typos! Obviously, Deputy Chancellor Sternberg, this persistent sloppiness is a sign that DOE needs to shelve this whole scheme until its team can do some honest and responsible evaluation.
(Eyebrows raised courtesy of The Truthiness Institute.)