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Seven more schools to close

The DOE announced PS 22 in Brooklyn will close. The DOE announced PS 22 in Brooklyn will close.

The Department of Education announced Friday that it plans to close seven more schools for poor performance, including two Bronx vocational schools, Samuel Gompers Career and Technical High School and Grace Dodge Career and Technical High School and one large Manhattan high school, Washington Irving. The announcement brings to 19 the number of closures announced this week. Pending approval by the Panel on Education Policy, the schools will not accept new students, although current students will be allowed to stay until graduation. New schools, with new leadership and new staff, will be housed in the old buildings.

About 16 low-performing schools were saved from the ax, including Lehman High School in the Bronx and the High School for Graphic Communication Arts. Although these schools were threatened with being closed, the Department of Education has decided to develop what it calls a “targeted action plan” to improve them instead.

The DOE also announced that it would eliminate certain grades at some schools—rather than closing them. Parents had protested the threatened closure of Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts and the DOE decided to “truncate” — eliminate the middle school grades— at the school instead.

The DOE plans must be approved by the Panel for Education policy but the panel rarely, if ever, rejects DOE proposals.

Here is the list of schools to be closed, announced on Friday. Thursday's list of closures is here.

District

School Name

Grade Level

District 17

P.S. 22

Elementary

District 27

P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott

Elementary

District 2

Washington Irving High School

High school

District 7

Samuel Gompers Career And Technical Education High School

High school

District 10

Grace Dodge Career And Technical Education High School

High school

District 11

Aspire Preparatory Middle School

Middle school

District 13

Knowledge And Power Preparatory Academy VII

Middle school

 

Truncated but not closed:

 

District 23

P.S. 298 Dr. Betty Shabazz

K-8

District 3

Wadleigh Secondary School For The Performing Arts

Secondary (6-12)

District 16

Frederick Douglass Academy IV

Secondary (6-12)

 

Schools that will have “targeted action plans” to improve:

 

District

School Name

Grade Level

District 1

P.S. 137 John L. Bernstein

Elementary

District 2

High School Of Graphic Communication Arts

High school

District 3

Frederick Douglass Academy II

Secondary School

District 7

P.S. 277

Elementary

District 8

Herbert H. Lehman High School

High school

District 9

New Millennium Business Academy Middle School

Middle

District 10

Fordham Leadership Academy For Business And Technology

High school

District 11

M.S. 142 John Philip Sousa

Middle

District 13

P.S. 256 Benjamin Banneker

Elementary

District 13

Freedom Academy High School

High school

District 14

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School

Secondary School

District 19

I.S. 171 Abraham Lincoln

Middle

District 19

Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory  School

High school

District 23

General D. Chappie James Middle School of Science

Middle

District 29

P.S. 181 Brookfield

Elementary

District 29

Law, Government And Community Service High School

High school

 

Last modified on Saturday, 10 December 2011 22:58

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