Failure of one high school may threaten success of neighboring school

May 7, 2008
Students who left struggling school may not be academically prepared for new school

John Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., has struggled academically, while nearby John Dewey High School has been successful. At the end of 2006, the New York City education department announced that it would close Lafayette and transform it into five mini-schools. Now, with three of the five mini-schools at Lafayette open, enrollment in the Lafayette building has declined and new admissions from the Lafayette area to Dewey have risen by one-third over the same period. Some fear that the changes stemming from the failure of Lafayette will erode the quality of education at Dewey.

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