The Department of Education decided today to remove Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx and P.S. 140 Edward K. Ellington in Queens from the list of public schools potentially facing phase-outs this upcoming school year.
Every year, the DOE proposes a list of failing schools that will either be immediately closed or denied incoming students and phased out.
DOE officials said they held "joint public hearings" at both Lehman High and P.S. 140 and heard from teachers, administrators, students and teachers about how the schools are performing and how they can be improved.
According to the DOE, both schools were able to prove that they are improving academically.
The DOE also says Lehman, which has two schools located inside its building, will also have three new high schools open on its campus in the fall.
Lehman officials say Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott visited the school in Westchester Square today to inform the principal of his decision.
While Lehman only had a "D" grade on its latest report card, the school's supporters said Lehman suffered from decisions made by city officials.
"Lehman's a good school, the teachers are great, they try to support the students to do the best they can even though some of them don't do their best," said one Lehman student.
"I'm a senior next year, and I feel so amazing," said another student.
"I think it's great. Our school should stay open. We have a lot of kids who still need to graduate, still need to get things done and kids that like attending here because they're coming from the area," said a third. "So the fact that it's staying open allows them to come to school here and not have to go farther places or travel long distances."
However, the DOE still wants another 20 schools phased out.
The Panel for Educational Policy, which has a majority of members appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is scheduled to vote on those phase-outs on March 11.
The PEP will then meet on March 20 to vote on phasing out the middle school grades from Academy for Social Action: A College Board School in Manhattan and P.S. 156 Laurelton in Queens.
The Department of Education has proposed to phase out the following 20 schools:
High School of Graphic Communication Arts
Choir Academy of Harlem
Bread & Roses Integrated Arts High School
J.H.S. 013 Jackie Robinson
P.S. 064 Pura Belpre
Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications
M.S. 142 John Philip Sousa
P.S. 230 Dr Roland N. Patterson
P.S. 050 Clara Barton
P.S. 167 The Parkway
J.H.S. 166 George Gershwin
J.H.S. 302 Rafael Cordero
Sheepshead Bay High School
General D. Chappie James Middle School of Science
P.S. 174 Dumont
P.S. 073 Thomas S. Boyland
Law, Government and Community Service High School
Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School
In addition, the Department of Education is proposing to phase out middle school grades from two schools: Academy for Social Action: A College Board School in Manhattan and P.S. 156 Laurelton in Queens.
On March 7, the DOE has decided to remove Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx and P.S. 140 Edward K. Ellington in Queens from the list of proposed phase-outs.