City Releases Second School Closing List

Union president said Department of Education should instead do the "hard work of helping struggling schools.''

Friday, Dec 9, 2011  |  Updated 4:16 PM EDT
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New York City has released its second list of struggling schools it is proposing to close, after announcing the first 12 on Thursday.

The Department of Education says three additional schools will lose the middle school grades and will become either just high schools or just elementary schools.         

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the decision to close a school is never easy. But he said the city has a responsibility to provide students with better options.     

United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew criticized the planned school closings and said the department should instead do the "hard work of helping struggling schools.''     

The union has twice filed lawsuits to block school closings.

Here is the latest list of schools to be closed:

 

Elementary schools:

         P.S. 022

         P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott

Middle schools:

         Aspire Preparatory Middle School

•         Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VII

High schools and secondary schools:

•        Washington Irving High School

•        Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High School

•        Grace Dodge Career and Technical Education High School

 

Here is Thursday's list of schools to be closed:

Elementary schools:

         P.S. 019 Roberto Clemente

         General D. Chappie James Elementary School of Science

•         P.S. 014 Cornelius Vanderbilt

Middle schools:

         Satellite Three

•         Middle School For the Arts

•         J.H.S. 296 The Anna Gonzalez Community School

High schools and secondary schools:

•        Legacy School For Integrated Studies

•        Manhattan Theatre Lab High School

•        Gateway School For Environmental Research and Technology

•        Jane Addams High School For Academic Careers

•        International Arts Business School

•        Academy of Business and Community Development

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