Yesterday, BYMC staff attended a training on the NYC school closing process. Below is a summary of important information:
-New York City has accepted federal School Improvement Grants for high schools. These grants stipulate that the lowest performing schools can be improved in the following ways:
1. Convert to charter school
2. Close and open new school(s) in its place
3. Fire principal and at least half of teachers (this option cannot be done in NYC because of UFT regulations)
4. Fire principal and transform school (this option cannot be chosen for more than half of schools).
– Bloomberg has pledged to close 10 percent of the NYC’s lowest performing schools. There is no formula to select these schools; they may be chosen on the basis of low test scores, low graduation rates, and lack of community involvement in making improvements.
-Both the NYS and NYC Department of Education puts schools on the closing list.
-If the school is to be closed, it will remain open until all current students have graduated.
-When a school is closed, new schools are started in the same building.
-Process of school closure:
1. DOE posts School Improvement Scenarios of each school that it may close.
2. 4 community meetings are held at each school to get community imput.
3. DOE posts Educational Impact Statement, which includes alternative options for students, proposed new schools for the building, and a summary of what the DOE has done to improve the school before closing it.
4. DOE holds joint hearing with community representatives.
5. Panel for Educational Policy votes on the proposal.
-List of school closings:
The 16 schools that the city has placed on a potential closure list for the first time are:
P.S. 50 Clara Barton, an elementary school
P.S. 102, Joseph O. Loretan, an elementary school
P.S. 107, an elementary school
P.S. 189, the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action, an elementary school.
M.S. 142, John Philip Sousa, a middle school
P.S. 260, Breuckelen, an elementary school.
P.S. 114, Ryder, an elementary school
P.S./I.S 137 Rachel Jean Mitchell, a K-8 school
M.S. 596, KAPPA VII, a middle school
J.H.S. 302, Rafael Cordero, a middle school
M.S. 571, a middle school
I.S. 195, Roberto Clemente, a middle school.
P.S. 40, Samuel Huntington, an elementary school
P.S. 30, an elementary school
P.S./M.S. 147, Ronald McNair, a K-8 school
I.S. 231, Magnetech 2000, a middle school
The additional 20 schools on the state’s persistently lowest achieving list that may be phased out and replaced with new schools are:
August Martin High School
Beach Channel High School
Christopher Columbus High School
Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology
Grace Dodge Career and Technical Education High School
Grover Cleveland High School
High School of Graphic Communication Arts
Jamaica High School
Jane Addams High School for Academics and Careers
John Adams High School
John Dewey High School
John F. Kennedy High School
Metropolitan Corporate Academy
Monroe Academy for Business/Law
Newtown High School
Norman Thomas High School
Paul Robeson High School
Richmond Hill High School
Sheepshead Bay High School
W.H. Maxwell CTE High School
The rest of the 19 schools that got a reprieve last year and will most likely face phase-out are:
Frederick Douglass Academy III (middle school)
Global Enterprise High School
Monroe Academy for Business and Law
School for Community Research and Learning
New Day Academy
Academy of Collaborative Education
Academy of Environmental Science High School
Middle School for Academic and Social Excellence
Public School 332
Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship High School
Choir Academy of Harlem High School