View Full Version : All NYC City Education Panel Approves 12 Additional School Closures

02-04-2011, 09:21 AM
This from NY1.com (http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/education/133303/city-education-panel-approves-additional-school-closures/) by Lindsey Christ:
Hundreds of parents, students and teachers attended a rowdy meeting in Brooklyn Thursday night before the Panel for Educational Policy voted to close 12 more city schools.

More than 2,000 people arrived at Brooklyn Tech High School in Fort Greene and about 350 people were signed up to speak to the panel, which held its second meeting of the week about school closures.

The public comments section lasted until the early morning hours, with a final vote immediately following.

When Schools Chancellor Cathie Black arrived on the stage, the crowd erupted into boos and jeers. After about five minutes, the panel decided to begin with the chancellor's speech which was completely drowned out by the heckling crowd.

One of the first speakers to follow was City Councilman Charles Barron, who criticized Black for her response to the crowd at Tuesday's hearing.

"Miss Black, you have a lot of nerve," said Barron. "That little ugly sound that you made on TV jeering our parents is a height of disrespect. No one would ever make a funny sound like that and taunting parents after you're closing their schools down."

Around 7:10 p.m., a large portion of the auditorium stood up and began marching out to the sound of drums and whistles, forcing the panel to suspend the hearing for the next half hour.

The president of the teachers union later revealed that the mass exodus had been preplanned.

Those who walked out say the meeting would reach a forgone conclusion and there was no point in staying.

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The 12 schools approved for closure are:

P.S. 260
P.S. 332
M.S. 571

Frederick Douglass Academy III Middle School
John F. Kennedy High School
Columbus High School
Global Enterprise High School
P.S. 102
Performance Conservatory High School

Norman Thomas High School

Beach Channel High School
Jamaica High School