It’s all in the Joel Klein-Eva Moskowitz emails, courtesy of Juan Gonzalez who tells the story in his Daily News column. On October 3, 2008 [page 50 of the set] Moskowitz tells Klein she wants the P.S. 194 and P.S. 241 buildings. Shortly thereafter, both schools appear on a list of closing schools.
So much for an educational rationale for closing schools.
At a meeting with John White, now acting Deputy Chancellor, which took place shortly after the list was promulgated, I asked him if the DoE was planning to completely replace a closing school with a charter school. He allowed that this was the plan for P.S. 194, P.S. 241 and P.S. 150 in Ocean Hill-Brownsville. Once we knew of these plans, the UFT took action. Together with PTA officers from the three schools and members of impacted Community Education Councils, we filed suit against the replacement of these three schools by charter schools. Recognizing that it would lose the suit, the DoE withdrew its closure plans for those three schools.
This year, all three schools earned ‘A’s on their School Progress reports.