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MORE School Closings Flyer Final Version 2 Page

MORE School Closings Flyer Final Version 2 Page

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StopSchoolClosingsEverywhere!
SchoolclosingshavebecomeanepidemicacrosstheUnitedStates.InNewYorkCityoveronehundredschoolshavebeenclosedduringtheBloombergadministration,withthisyearanother26schoolsslatedforclosure.Manyoftheseschoolshavesufferedthroughweakadministrations,charterco-locations,budgetcuts,andalackofsupportfromtheDOE.Itistimethatallstudents,parents,educators,andcommunitymembersstandtogetherandfightagainstthisharmfulpractice.
TheMovementofRankandFileEducatorsoftheUFT
standsinsolidaritywiththeimpactedschoolcommunitiesandseekstooffersupportinanywaythatwecan.Thebestwaytofightaschoolclosureistoorganizethecommunity,andspeakoutforyourschool.Pleasecontactusifyouareinterestedinjoiningthefightagainstschoolclosureseverywhere.
 
TheMayor,chancellor,andtheirrubber-stampPanelforEducationPolicy,showcompletedisregardanddisdainforthestudents,teachersandcommunitiesaffectedbythispolicy,inflictingunconscionableharmonthemandignoringthedemocraticprocess.
 
Ourcurrentschoolgovernancelaw
mayoralcontrol
allowsBloombergcompleteuncheckedpowertocloseanyschoolinthecity.Thislawmustberepealed,anduntilthattimecomescommunitiesmuststandtogethertoopposetheseunjustclosures.
 
Manyoftheschoolclosingdecisionsarebasedonthefaultyandvolatiletestingdataintheschoolprogressreports,whichignoresomeofthemostimportantthingsthathappeninschools(electives,clubs,connectionsbetweenteachersandstudents,meetingstudents’social/emotionalneeds).
 
Closingneighborhoodschoolshasledtostudentstravelingoveranhoureachwaytogettoschool.Thishasdividedcommunitiesandmadeitfarmoredifficultforparentstogetinvolved.
 
Schoolclosingsdisproportionatelyaffectstudentsofcolorandpoorstudents.Themajorityoftheschoolsslatedtoclosethisyearhavestudentpopulationsthatarenear100%BlackandLatinoand85%ofthestudentsqualifyingforfreeorreducedlunch.

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