Working group calls on New York City Department of Education to support schools, not close them
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reforms in New York City have relied heavily on the strategy of closing low-performing schools. But critics point to evidence that the NYC Department of Education’s school-assignment policies concentrate the highest-need students in struggling schools, exacerbating the low performance that leads to the subsequent closing of these schools.
The New York City Working Group on School Transformation believes the DOE has not met its responsibility to help students in the system’s struggling schools. In this report prepared by AISR, the Working Group calls on the DOE to build instructional capacity across the system and support the lowest-performing schools, rather than simply closing them.
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