The Daily News reported yesterday that five of the city's schools that posted the lowest scores on state math exams this year had been opened to replace failing schools closed by the Department of Education for poor performance. Additionally, the News reported, some of the schools slated for closure this year actually made test score improvements that were twice that of the citywide average . Other schools targeted for closure posted scores close to the citywide average when their student demographics (such as the special education population or number of English Language Learners) are taken into account.
The policy of closing schools is one of the most controversial initiatives launched since the state gave Mayor Bloomberg control of the city's school system. What is your experiences with "replacement" schools in your neighborhood? Do you support or oppose the policy?