The New York City Department of Education said on Friday that it would move to close up to 19 schools and eliminate the middle schools grades at six others.
In the second part of a two-day announcement, city education officials added 10 schools to the list of schools it will close, phase out over a period of several years, or truncate in the next year, bringing the total to 25 schools. Last year, the city proposed to close or truncate 26 schools.
Two of the high schools the city will seek to phase out beginning next year are part of a federal grant program that has sent thousands of dollars to them for a year in exchange for promised reforms. Yet city officials have decided that one year into a three year program, Washington Irving High School and Grace Dodge Career and Technical Education High School are not improving and should be closed. Both schools received F's on their progress reports this year and have graduation rates well below the citywide average.
Here is a complete list of schools the city seeks to close:
Washington Irving High School, Manhattan
Legacy School for Integrated Studies, Manhattan
Manhattan Theater Lab High School, Manhattan
International Arts Business School, Brooklyn
Satellite Three, Brooklyn
Middle School for the Arts, Brooklyn
Public School 19 Roberto Clemente, Brooklyn
P.S. 14 Cornelius Vanderbilt, Staten Island
P.S. 22, Brooklyn
P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott, Queens
Complete list of schools where grades could be eliminated:
Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School, Brooklyn
P.S. 298 Dr. Betty Shabazz, Brooklyn
Frederick Douglass Academy IV, Brooklyn