Welcome to Build Schools Now,

Your help and support are needed to press the NYC Department of Education to provide sorely needed schools for Lower Manhattan. Waitlists have become an increasingly tense annual event in our family oriented neighborhoods.  Together we can affect change for our children and strengthen the community we live in for all residents.

You may have children on waiting lists, have young children who soon will be in school, have children in an overcrowded school or just be a member of the community that is concerned to see rapid residential development outpace schools and infrastructure in our neighborhood.  Whatever your motivation and situation, we want to hear your story and enlist your support.

Build Schools Now is specifically focusing our efforts on the Community Board 1 neighborhoods of Tribeca, Battery Park City, South Street Seaport and Financial District where the population of children 0 - 4 years of age has grown by over 200% in the past ten years. This is the highest rate of residential growth in the city.

There is still much work to be done to raise awareness on this topic:

  • Just because you can see a public school out your apartment window, does not guarantee your child a seat.
  • Just because you pay New York City taxes does not guarantee you school choice.
  • Just because residential towers are being built does not mean schools are being built.

There is no effective planning in place for school construction.  In fact, the School Construction Authority (SCA) recently REDUCED the promised number of schools for Downtown from two to possibly one, maybe none.  That SCA announcement is a wake up call to all of Lower Manhattan.  Enough is enough. 

Join us.  We are fortunate to have our local elected officials firmly in agreement but they need our vocal support to give them the clout to get this vital work done.


BUILD SCHOOLS NOW is a non-partisan, independent expenditure only, political committee registered with the Board of Elections of New York.  The goal of BUILD SCHOOLS NOW is to promote awareness of the urgent need to build public schools downtown.


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