NYC to shut down 17 under-performing schools

Posted: 11:01 AM, Jan 08, 2013
Updated: 2013-01-08 11:01:10-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) – The ax is about to fall on 17 under performing schools as the Department of Education looks to improve classroom instruction. One of the targeted schools is The High School of Graphic Communication Arts on West 49th in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan. All of the schools were  identified as “struggling” last year.

Asked if he thought the closing was warranted, student Frank Robinson told PIX11 ” Probably.”

“A lot of aspects have been failing. The teachers don’t push the  students to do anything,” he said. “You have some teachers who really care, some teachers that don’t, and it affects the students.”

A letter sent to parents says the school will be phased out and this will be the last freshman class. There are 4 schools in Manhattan on the list including the Choir Academy of Harlem which was tainted by a Penn State like scandal.  5 schools in the Bronx including Lehmann High are also on the chopping block.  The list includes 6 schools in Brooklyn and 2 in Queens.

Deputy Schools Chancellor Marc Sternberg said in a statement, “We expect success.  These are difficult decisions that we’ve arrived at after thoroughly evaluating each schools record. And now is the time to  take action.”

A second round of proposed closures is expected to be announced Tuesday.

The teachers union opposes closing schools to improve education.