|JHS 145 parents protesting against school's closure at the February PEP meeting credit: NYC Lens|
Tonight the Community Education Council in District 9 in the Bronx voted 7-1 against the closure of the zoned renewal school JHS 145. If the Panel for Educational Policy votes tomorrow to close the school anyway it will be illegal, for the reasons stated below in the letter from the Public Advocate Tish James, Class Size Matters and Marilyn Espada, President of CEC9..
In any case, the members should vote against the closures of these six Renewal schools. The DOE has refused to follow through in its promises to the state to reduce class size in the Renewal schools and to provide their students with sufficient bilingual teachers and classes. It is the DOE which has failed and should be held accountable -- not these schools.