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Panel Approves School Closings

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Panel for Educational Policy heard from school communities who opposed the plan to shutter 24 schools. Many of the comments were directed at Mayor Bloomberg and his decade-long policy of closing failing schools.

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DOE Expands Transfer Option to Students in All Phase-Out Schools

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On the first night of school closure hearings, Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg will at least be able to tell angry crowds that more students can now transfer out of their closing schools. He said the expanded transfer plan was part of the city's strategy to expand school choice.

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Charters Schools Face Different Rules For Closing

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

While the city’s education department proposed to close or shrink 26 more public schools this year it’s noteworthy that there were no charters on the list. Some critics of the Bloomberg administration claim charter schools are hard to close because the mayor is so heavily invested in their success; others argue that legal obstacles and confusing criteria create a double standard when it comes to closing low-performing charter schools.

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More Schools Proposed for Closing Brings Total to 26

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The Department of Education named seven more schools it will seek to close when the Panel for Educational Policy meets in March. That leaves 32 schools still open for business that were under scrutiny. The D.O.E. said it would consider a range of "interventions" to help these struggling schools improve.

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At Turnaround Meeting, the Big Question Was 'Why?'

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More than 150 teachers, parents and students showed up at a hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall Monday evening, questioning the mayor's plan to close and reopen 33 schools. Many were skeptical of the mayor's motivations. And some said the turnaround plan was unnecessary: "A lot of what they want to do with our new school is what we've been doing," said a teacher at John Dewey High School, one of the affected schools.

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Amid Protesters’ Disruptions, City Board Votes to Close 18 Schools and Truncate 5

Friday, February 10, 2012

A city board voted to close 18 poor-performing schools and eliminate the middle school grades at five others, drawing howls of opposition from hundreds of teachers’ union members, parents and students.

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Wadleigh's Principal Leaving As City Plans Elimination of Middle Grades

Friday, February 03, 2012

The principal of a troubled secondary school in Manhattan has announced she will leave the school a day after the Panel for Educational Policy is scheduled to vote to phase out its middle grades.

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Students at Manhattan Theatre Lab Vow to Fight School Closing

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For many students at Manhattan Theatre Lab, the closing of their school is a personal affront. They defend the school, saying it is more than a set of numbers, and are mobilizing to present their best defense of the school at Tuesday's school closing hearing.

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