NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a plan to close three Brooklyn public schools struggling with low enrollment rates and high faculty turnover.
The School for the Urban Environment, Peace Academy Middle School and Foundations Academy High School are all slated to close after the 2015-2016 school year. All three schools are located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant/Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn.
Plans to close the schools must first be approved by the Panel for Educational Policy.
According to a report released by New York State, 178 schools across New York were classified as ‘failing’ schools through the 2014-2-15 school year. Of those, 77 of them received a failing grade for ten consecutive years or more.
The report states that Peace Academy Middle School and Foundations Academy High School had both been labeled as ‘failing’ for four consecutive years.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina says she is “committed to holding all our schools accountable to meeting the needs of our students.”
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