A group has submitted a proposal for a charter high school for pregnant girls and teen parents in Brooklyn—or, as the Post calls it, a "school of hard knocked." According to its prospectus (PDF), New Directions Charter High School will "a place where they have the opportunity to resume and complete their high school Education" and "will provide an environment that is non-judgemental, encourages academic growth and excellence, develops self-confidence and worth, and promotes critical thinking skills that will open the door for positive life choices."

New Directions' consultant, Jacquelyn Wideman, explained to the Post, "A lot of times when [pregnant girls, teen parents] go back to the regular school setting, there's a lot of stigmatization. The goal is for them to perform at the same optimum level as regular high schools." Not only would the school have on-site daycare, the school would be open six days a week—Monday to Saturday—with an extended school day (from 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday; and from 9am to 1:45pm on Wed and Sat) and run 11 months of the year, from August through June.

The Post points out that the city's last school for teen moms closed in 2007, "based on poor attendance and low levels of credit accumulation among students," and the city operate day care centers near schools for the children of students. And there are some critics of the proposed school—the Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective's Benita Miller said, "I don't think that we should be creating schools that segregate young women or men based on their parenting status. We don't need them to graduate as good mothers -- we need them to graduate as educated young women who can head to college."