New York, NY –
It was just over a year ago when parents at five low-performing New York City schools rejected a takeover by the private company Edison Schools. At the time, Schools Chancellor Harold Levy portrayed the vote against privatization as a sign of faith in public education. Today, two of those five schools are being shut down by the state… as scheduled. But one recently improved enough to avoid being closed. And the other two will find out in June if they've also made enough gains. WNYC's Beth Fertig has this report on the struggle to turn around years of neglect.
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.