Proposed School Closures by DOE

Submitted by ub on Fri, 12/09/2011 - 16:02

NYC Department of Education wants to shut down 12 schools, including a scandalized South Bronx high school that’s under investigation for fudging course credits.

While he understands that the Department of Education must make difficult decisions when public schools under-perform, Bronx Borough President Reuben Diaz says the DOE must acknowledge the fact that these closings have a considerable effect on parents, educators and students. The DOE must ensure that those who remain in these schools during their phase outs are not left behind. I have previously asked the DOE to monitor these students in these schools, which they have agreed to do, and we will continue to monitor that process.

“However, the factors that have led to these proposed closings did not occur overnight. The DOE has not provided these schools and others with the appropriate resources to succeed, and that must change. My office will closely watch these closings to both ensure that the proper process is followed and that the voices of the parents, students, educators and the community as a whole are heard,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.