New York City has identified 12 failing schools that it says should be phased out.
The list announced Monday includes elementary schools, middle schools and high schools to be closed over the next three years. It includes one charter school, the Ross Global Academy Charter School in the East Village. That school has gone through six principals in five years.
The city Department of Education says it will announce additional schools to be phased out on Tuesday. The city tried to close 19 schools last year, but the teachers union sued to block the closings.
The NYC Coalition for Educational Justice on Tuesday criticized the decision, saying "we need a new visioin of reform in the city that is about fixing our schools, not just closing them."
Meanwhile, the Ross Global Academy, a prominent charter school, said it intends to fight for its survival.
United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said the union will monitor the school closing process closely and will take legal action if necessary.