Large High Schools in the City Are Taking Hard Falls , Protest School Closings Tomorrow!

(from the NY Times )

The boos cascaded over the auditorium as a city education official read out the case against Christopher Columbus High School, one of the last remaining large high schools in the Bronx. Columbus has had a “long history of sustained academic failure” and “chronically poor performance and low demand,” Santiago Taveras, a deputy chancellor, told the standing-room crowd. As a result, he said, it should be closed.

But the frustrated teachers, soft-spoken students and former football players who stood up at the hearing said otherwise. They described a school that had served some students well, despite the difficult circumstances faced by many. They told of a school that, even after the city identified it as struggling, continued to receive an increasing share of the city’s most demanding students — the very students that needed the most help.

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Tuesday January 26 at 4:00 PM
Protest School Closings
Rally outside Brooklyn Tech High School on South Elliott Place between
Lafayette & DeKalb Aves., Brooklyn, NY;
G to Fulton; C to Lafayette; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins; B, M, Q, R to


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