City considers June closures for a dozen struggling schools

December 06, 2010 03:09PM

Beginning in June, the city is pushing to close 12 failing schools, including five that it tried to close last year, according to the New York Post. The schools include John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx and the Urban Assembly Academy for History and Citizenship for Young Men, which opened in 2004 on the shuttered Taft High School campus, also in the Bronx. For the fifth time, officials are looking to close down a problematic charter school, the Ross Global Academy, in Manhattan. Four other elementary and middle schools on the list — including PS 30 in Queens and MS 571 in Brooklyn — were identified as being in trouble, as well. “These are tough decisions, but we cannot afford to let schools continue to fail students when we know we can do better,” said Marc Sternberg, the Department of Education’s deputy chancellor. Close to a dozen more school closures are expected to be announced tomorrow, part of a list of 55 schools that the state and city have identified as struggling during the past year. Schools on the list will have to undergo a public review process and a formal vote by the 13-member Panel for Educational Policy. [Post]