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February 8, 2012
Two schools that had faced closure votes this week are being taken off the chopping block.
The Department of Education said today it would no longer seek to close the middle grades of Wadleigh Secondary School of Performing and Visual Arts or the KAPPA VII middle school in Brooklyn. Teachers reported getting the news at the end of the day today, one day before the citywide school board was set to vote on the closure proposals.
Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the department had made the decision after listening to community input at public meetings and behind the scenes.
“While these two schools continue to struggle, what we learned is that they are also poised to quickly improve,” he said in a statement.
But supporters of the schools, particularly Wadleigh, said the city’s statement was a smokescreen and said they would still travel to Thursday’s Panel for Educational Policy meeting in Brooklyn to protest closure votes for 23 other schools.
The real reason for the unusual reversal, they said, was that influential politicians in Harlem had sprung to Wadleigh’s aid — and threatened the Bloomberg administration in the process. (more…)