AERO E-News 28 July 2009.

More and more alternative, democratic, and learner centered schools are opening every year. The paradigm is changing!
Brooklyn Free School ( is now going into its sixth year. It has outgrown the church space it has been renting, as it now has 60 students and 50 on the waiting list. Therefore the school has put in a bid on a five-story building that is perfect for the school. It even has covered fire escapes from every floor and a complete sprinkler system. The school is now on a campaign to raise $500,000 for down payment on the 1.75 million dollar building. This will not be easy to accomplish but they are making progress. More information on the campaign is at this site:

Manhattan Free School ( was established in part because of the long waiting list for Brooklyn Free School. The school is in rented space in Manhattan’s East Village. Having successfully made it through their first year the school will open its second year on September 16th, with most of its students and staff members returning. The school does still have several opening for new students and is looking for two or three interns. Brooklyn Free School is also looking for interns. You can contact these schools through their websites or by replying to this e-newsletter. We will pass messages to the appropriate people.

Both schools are part or a new organization of Northeastern United States democratic Schools (contact Alan Berger through Brooklyn Free School’s website for more information) and also participated in the North American Democratic Education Conference ( that preceded the AERO conference. At least 15 schools participated in the NADEC, including those below:

Brooklyn Free School (Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.)
Cap libre Learning Center (Montréal, QC, Canada)
Clonlara (Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Espacio A (San Juan, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.)
The Free School (Albany, NY, U.S.A.)
Harriet Tubman Free School (Albany, NY, U.S.A.)
The Living School (Boulder, CO, U.S.A.)
Longview School (Cortlandt Manor, NY, U.S.A.)
Manhattan Free School (New York, NY, U.S.A.)
The New Schoolhouse (Toronto, ON, U.S.A.)
The Patchwork School (Louisville, CO, U.S.A.)
Teddy McArdle Free School (Little Falls, NJ, U.S.A.)
Upattinas (Glenmoore, PA, U.S.A.)
Village Free School (Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
Windsor House School (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

With limited resources, democratic, alternative and learner centered schools are becoming a stronger and stronger grassroots movement.

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