|Assemblymembers Cathy Nolan of Queens and Jim Brennan of Brooklyn|
The big news is that the city is determined to go ahead with turnaround model for 26 Persistently Low Achieving schools even if they do NOT receive any federal funds to do so. Turnaround is an euphemism for closing these schools, firing much of the staff and reopening them in the fall with new names There is massive confusion and no public input about the plans for these schools, and yet the city seems determined to close and reconstitute them, like lemmings going over a cliff, even at the city's taxpayers' expense. Why? Because they can. See Two Years In, Federal Grant Program To Improve Struggling City Schools Has Derailed (NY1); Plans to Close 26 Schools Will Proceed Regardless of Financing, City Says (Schoolbook) and Chancellor: Plan to Close, Reopen Schools Was Not Act of 'Revenge' (WNYC) and Walcott: Turnaround will happen even without federal funding (GothamSchools). My testimony is here on how many these schools and their students have been systematically disadvantaged by overcrowding and extremely large class sizes; with no plans by the city or the state to do anything to address these deplorable conditions.
|Assembly Education members O'Donnell, Brennan, Chair Nolan, and Millman|
|NYS Education Commissioner John B. King|
|Ernie Logan of CSA, Leo Casey of UFT, and Santos Crespo of Local 372|
|Parent panel: Leonie Haimson, Paola DeKock and Natasha Capers|