Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
Adult Classes May End With Bronx School Closure
Monday, December 21, 2009
New York, NY –
The city's plan to phase out several low performing high schools could also affect older adults who are learning a trade.
More than 60 adults taking night classes in plumbing, carpentry, and auto mechanics at Alfred E. Smith high school in the Bronx, have been told their program could close if the school is phased out.
The site director says there wouldn't be enough space if the high school stops taking ninth graders next fall, because his classrooms would probably go to a small new school.
A spokesman for the department of education says it will look at the existing adult education programs and work with the new schools to take over these programs as the Alfred E. Smith school phases out. The City says maintaining the adult education programs is a high priority.