New York: 25 School Closures Protested Ahead of Vote
/ The Epoch Times
NEW YORK—The day before the Panel for Educational Policy votes on closing 25 of the city's schools, several protesters were arrested in front of Department of Education headquarters on Monday. Among those arrested were Councilman Jumaane Williams and Councilman Charles Barron.
Protests** have popped up around the city in the days preceding the vote, where chants such as “fix our schools, don’t shut them down!” could be heard.
United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Michael Mulgrew has decried the current method of closing schools. The schools are given a letter grade based on attendance and graduation rates, as well as parent, student, and teacher surveys. A failing grade means closure. The DOE must provide a statement outlining the impact on the surrounding community when slating the school for closure.
He claims the data is not always accurate, and schools are not given proper support to recover from their difficulties.
“The morale of students is hit hard,” Nigel Hill, a senior at Paul Robeson High School that is slated for closure told the UFT. “Some of the students start to feel they’re not good enough to be in school.”
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.