Early this morning the New York City Department of Education voted to enact a round of phase outs affecting 22 public schools across the city. The announcement, held at Brooklyn Technical High School, was aimed at schools that have routinely underperformed in DOE reviews.
In Manhattan, the DOE plans to phase out the High School of Graphic Communication Arts, the Choir Academy of Harlem, Bread & Roses Integrated Arts High School, and J.H.S. 013 Jackie Robinson, while M.S. 45/STARS Prep Academy will be closed completely in June.
In the Bronx the phase out will affect M.S. 203, P.S. 064 Pura Belpre, Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications, M.S. 142 John Philip Sousa, Performance School, P.S. 230 Dr Roland N. Patterson, and P.S. 050 Clara Barton.
Brooklyn was the hardest hit by the plan, with eight schools facing phase outs or closure. 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 and P.S. 073 Thomas S. Boyland are all on the phase out list. Freedom Academy High School is scheduled to close completely in June of this year.
The borough of Queens will see phase outs at the Law, Government and Community Service High School, and the Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School
In addition to the 22 schools affected by this plan, the DOE has proposed to remove middle school education from Academy for Social Action: A College Board School in Manhattan and P.S. 156 Laurelton in Queens.
Two schools which were originally scheduled to be phased out, Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx and P.S. 140 Edward K. Ellington in Queens, have been removed from the list by the DOE