The DOE announced three schools that would be closed or phased out starting next year: MS 44 in
MS 44 was the site of a big press event more than a year ago, when the Mayor, the Chancellor, Speaker Quinn, and
They said that a list of low-performing middle schools would receive $5 million in additional funds and professional development services free of charge (imagine that!), and that there would be a new position created for Superintendent of middle schools. See the press release here. I wonder what happened to those middle schools, and how many of them have actually improved.
Jennifer Freeman writes on the InsideSchools blog that the District 3 Community Education Council was not consulted before the DOE decided to close MS 44.
According to the state law that created Community Education Councils, these bodies are supposed to be consulted before any decision is made to close a school in their district:
"The chancellor shall consult with the affected community district education council before: (a) substantially expanding or reducing such an existing school or program within a community district.”
See this story from NY1 last year – which cites the law and adds this comment: "The CECs, as in the past, were not consulted before the announcement. They're being consulted now,” said James Liebman of the DOE.
If the CECs are still not being consulted about school closures, this is a violation of state law and they should contact their state legislators and consider taking legal action.