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Mayor's Address Will Highlight Small Schools Initiative

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:58 AM

When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delivers his state of the city speech on Thursday, he will do so from a public school. Four schools, to be exact.

The mayor will travel to the Bronx, to the Morris Educational Campus, which is home to Bronx International High School, Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies, the High School for Violin and Dance, and School for Excellence.

The mayor's selection of the Boston Road school complex to be the site of his state of the city may signal that he plans to talk about eduction in his remarks, especially as he is touting the Morris schools as exemplars of the small-school movement that has been a hallmark of his educational initiatives.

Morris High School, which opened in 1897, was the first public school in the Bronx, but then devolved into one of the city's most dangerous. In 1991, a day after Gen. Colin L. Powell, a graduate of the school, delivered a speech at the school when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a student was shot by a classmate in a stairwell.

The myriad problems at Morris were the catalyst for a push by New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit group, to create small schools to replace Morris and other big schools in the Bronx.

The speech will be delivered at 1 p.m., and, the city says, can be viewed live on nyc.gov, available on iPhones and iPads, and on NYC-TV Channel 74.

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