New York Parents Brace Themselves For 50 Schools To Shutdown This Summer
While parents and Occupy Department of Education demonstrators put up a great fight, there will still be about 50 New York public schools slated to be closed this summer.
Parents and concerned persons in New York rallied in Brooklyn recently to “encourage one another not to succumb to either the circumstances or the powers that be in sacrificing the collective educations and futures of their children”, reports BlackAmericaWeb.com.
BAW also reports:
“Give them the resources, give them the tutors, work with the parents to help them keep their kids accountable and we can turn these schools around,” pleaded Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, ever leery of a process that will now see the schools shuttered, then reopened in the fall with some of the same students, but under a new name and a recast of administrators and faculty that could be as great as 50 percent.“You’ve hired consultants who know nothing about our children to now guide them,” added NAACP local president Hazel Dukes, discouragingly pointing to statistics that show even with all the recent closings and reorganizations, only 13% of all public school minority students are graduating “college or career” ready.“Use that money instead to give schools the resources they need,” Dukes added. “Give our kids a chance.”