In One School, a Snapshot of Bloomberg's Education Legacy

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 04:00 AM

Julian Montalvo, a sophomore at the Academy of Software Engineering (Beth Fertig/WNYC)

Washington Irving High School used to be a large school with 4,000 students near the hustle and bustle of Manhattan’s Union Square. Today, the elegant, century-old building with painted murals depicting scenes from New York history is home to seven separate schools. This dramatic shakeup was a result of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's policy of replacing failing schools with small new schools and charters.

In this report that aired on NPR, WNYC's Beth Fertig explains that it's a legacy unlikely to continue under his successor, Bill de Blasio. 


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