October 5, 2010
Chancellor Joel Klein went outside the walls of Tweed and into public schools 84 times in the last year, according to a list of the chancellor’s school visits released today.
Most of the schools he has visited are in Manhattan and the majority are middle and elementary schools. In the last year, he’s been to six charter schools, ten schools in the Bronx, and 25 in Brooklyn. In under one month, he went to the School of One program four times.
A DOE spokesman said that some of the chancellor’s visits were made for public events such as graduation speeches or policy announcements. Others, such as a visit to Bronx Science to meet with new teachers, were kept private.
The list includes visits to schools the chancellor sometimes went back to two or three times later in the same year. Williamsburg Preparatory and LaGuardia High School hosted him twice and he stopped by I.S. 228, a magnet middle school in Gravesend, Brooklyn four times.
But he hasn’t only gone to the city’s best, most selective schools. Twice, Klein visited Norman Thomas High School, which will either be closed, replaced with a charter school, or lose half its staff next year, and to Boys and Girls High School. Queens Vocational and Technical High School, which is one of the 11 city schools undergoing the federal government’s “transformation” model, had a visit from the chancellor last spring.
The full list of schools Klein visited last year and so far this year is below: