Updated 12/08/2011 11:27 PM
DOE Reveals First Half Of Proposed School Closure List
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The Department of Education released Thursday the names of 15 poor-performing city schools that are slated to close due to poor performance.
See the full list below.
Of the 15 schools announced so far, six of them are middle schools.
Three elementary, five high schools and one secondary school also made the list.
A second list consisting of 10 schools, according to the principals' union, is expected to come out on Friday. DOE officials refused to confirm that number on Thursday.
Most of the schools will not be shut instantly, but will stop accepting new students allowing them to be phased out over time.
Several schools will see their middle school grades phased out entirely. They include P.S. 161 The Crown in Brooklyn, Academy For Scholarship And Entrepreneurship in the Bronx, and Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School in Brooklyn.
The city has already placed 47 schools on notice for poor performance.
"These aren't marginally bad schools or non-performing schools, they just don't do the job, this is no question they're not doing the job," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
At I.S. 296 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, students and teachers gathered in the auditorium during sixth period Thursday to here DOE officials say the school needs to be closed.
Only 14 percent of students at I.S. 296 are on track in reading and only 20 percent have grade-appropriate math skills.
In a report this year, state officials who visited I.S. 296 said they saw a "culture of low expectations," and that students who only got a 65 in a class were rewarded with a certificate displayed in the hallways.
Another closing school, Jane Addams High School in the Bronx, was under investigation by the Department of Education over an alleged credit scam that allowed students to get credit for classes they never took.
"I saw this coming two years ago, actually after they took out the honors classes and all of that, they took it out for no reason," said a Jane Addams High student.
The mayor has closed 117 schools already and opened 535 new schools to replace them.
Every years, thousands come out to protest the policy saying schools should be fixed, not shuttered.
The teachers union helps lead that charge and for the past two years, it has even taken the DOE to court to try to stop them.
"The Department of Education is declaring defeat. They're schools that have struggled. They've refused to go in and do the hard work that is necessary," said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said he believes the policy works.
"This is not a popularity contest, and we don't expect it to be a popularity contest. This is about student performance, student outcome and making sure we approve the rigor of our schools, and making sure that students are prepared for life as adults, being college-ready and career-ready," said Walcott.
There is now a long process for each school, including individual public hearings.
Then on February 9, the Panel for Educational Policy will vote to approve the closures in a public meeting.
The Panel for Educational Policy voted to close 27 schools in 2010, the most in a single year.
Meanwhile, the number of charter schools at risk of being closed is also rising.
The New York French American Charter School on the Upper West Side was added to the list because of concerns about the school’s financial stability, discipline procedures, teacher certification, academic instruction and safety practices.
Seven charter schools are now on the list, up from six.
• Gateway School For Environmental Research and Technology (High school)
• Jane Addams High School For Academic Careers
• P.S. 019 Roberto Clemente (Elementary)
• General D. Chappie James Elementary School of Science (Elementary)
• International Arts Business School (High school)
• Satellite Three (Middle school)
• Middle School For The Arts
• J.H.S. 296 The Anna Gonzalez Community School (Middle school)
• Academy Of Business And Community Development (Secondary school)
• Legacy School For Integrated Studies (High school)
• Manhattan Theatre Lab High School
• P.S. 014 Cornelius Vanderbilt (Elementary)