New York City announces 26 schools targeted to close for poor performance

Dec. 7, 2010
One of the schools is the highly touted Ross Global Academy

From The New York Times: The Ross Global Academy opened five years ago in New York City on a raft of promises: an innovative curriculum that would spiral through different historical eras, small class sizes, yoga, Mandarin lessons, an extended day and organic food prepared by a chef. But on Monday, Ross Global became a cautionary tale for the city’s well-heeled charter backers, among 12 schools the city announced it would seek to close this year for poor performance. The city said it would announce the names of additional schools it would recommend for closing. Among the traditional public schools recommended for closing are John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx, which has struggled for years with low academic performance and whose principal resigned last school year after the state comptroller found that more than $83,000 in student money had been misused or stolen, and Beach Channel High School in Queens, one of four schools on the list that were to close last year but were saved by a teachers’ union lawsuit.

UPDATE...From The New York Daily News: The New York City Education Department has announced 14 more schools that it wants to shutter for poor performance. That brings the total number that the city wants to shut down to 26, the most it has ever tried to close in a year.

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