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Closing Schools: Making Room for Charters

Closing Schools: Making Room for Charters

Over at uft.org, the union has posted a series of eye-opening Google Maps mashups:

Most of the 122 schools that the Department of Education has already closed or is planning to close are located in the neighborhoods where the city’s 125 charter schools are concentrated: the South Bronx, Harlem and central Brooklyn. This may be a coincidence, but it certainly doesn’t look like one.

If you map all the charters over the already-closed 97 schools and the 25 planned closings, they show a disturbing pattern that disproportionately affects communities of color and poor neighborhoods.

And many of the closing schools are not failing. They just serve high-needs kids, many of whom have not received the level of services they require to succeed.



  • 1 Celso Garcia
    · Jan 29, 2011 at 1:25 am

    This is segregation and profiteering at its worst. Target those neighborhoods where the parents are worried about surviving and the children are fairing even worse. This reminds me of Martin Luther Kings I have a dream speech. This contradicts the vision of our forefathers and the civil rights movement. This is a shame to target minority neighborhoods that do not have the resources to fight back.

  • 2 D
    · Jan 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Hear from some incredible students, parents and Educators who have first hand experience with Bloomberg’s educational leadership and the effect that school closures and charter schools have on our children.

  • 3 Phyllis C. Murray
    · Jan 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    There are hundreds of underutilized public schools in NYC. We are one of them. Visit: Click here: http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/6EBA8731-4A23-4E36-A528-157D795BA9CE/96558/UnderutilizedSpaceMemorandum011111.See More

  • 4 ms. v.
    · Jan 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Charter schools have to be located in those neighborhoods, by NY law, don’t they?

  • 5 Alan Coles
    · Jan 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Does the above article surprise anyone? Years ago unruly students were placed in the old 600 schools. Due to a lawsuit by parents, the public schools were forced to admit these students. There should be an investigation through the Freedom of Information Act as to how these poor performing students (truants,ESL, and
    those with discipline problems ) ended up at
    those schools for closure. Every incident report,which contributed to the school listed as
    dangerous,has the name of the student involved.
    Those students who did poorly on standardized
    test,labeling those schools as failing, can easily be looked up. When any of my students who fit the above catagory were asked where they lived
    it was somewhere in another borough,far away from the school,or from Rikers Island. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that they were sent to those schools by the DOE deliberately. Mr. Mayor,since you love statistics, show us those statistics.

  • 6 canwetalk
    · Jan 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Can someone please refresh my memory. I think it was 2003 when the chancellor created these S.O.S (Second Opportunity Schools) for those students who were very disruptive or had a great deal of emotional problems. These students with emotional problems were not special needs students, did not have IEPs, but did struggle with many obstacles at home. What ever happen to those types of schools?

  • 7 Alan Coles
    · Jan 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    can we talk, The students who were sent to those schools were just HOUSED there temporarily. The students who were sent there from Jamaica High School were sent straight back to Jamaica High School. So obviously those schools could not handle those types of students. I also would like to know what happen to those schools. Mr. Mayor, could you answer our question?

  • 8 vgero brone
    · Jan 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Why bother educating our emmigrants, poor and disadvantaged children when we can pawn it off on some money hungry corporation who can pay peanuts to some idealistic kids who will ditch them as soon as they can!