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    This  law  must  be  repealed,  and  until   that  time  comes  communities  must  stand  together  to  oppose  these  unjust  closures.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.  

• Many  of  the  schools  slated  to  phase  out  are  being  replaced  by  charter  schools.    Charters   choose  students  by  lottery.  They  serve  far  fewer  ELLs  and  children  with  special  needs,   and  counsel  out  students  they  believe  won't  perform.  Despite  this,  80%  of  charter   students  perform  the  same  or  worse  than  students  in  public  schools.       • Schools  closings  lead  to  the  excessing  of  teachers  and  increase  the  ATR  pool,  where   veteran,  highly  qualified  teachers  are  often  reduced  to  working  as  substitutes  rather   than  having  full  time  positions  where  they  can  best  meet  the  needs  of  our  students.   • The  Department  of  Education  should  be  working  to  properly  fund  and  support  all   schools.    Every  student  deserves  access  to  a  great  school  in  their  own  neighborhood,   and  it  is  time  that  the  DOE  stops  playing  the  “shell  game”  of  closing  schools  and   properly  funds  and  supports  every  school  in  the  city.   • School  closings  have  been  successfully  thwarted  in  the  past  and  by  working  together  we   can  end  them  once  and  for  all. To  stop  the  Mayor,  however,  will  require  a  citywide   movement  on  a  scale  that  has  not  yet  been  seen,  unite  students,  parents  communities,   and  teachers  in  a  campaign  that  extends  beyond  the  sham  hearings  and  rubber  stamp   votes  at  the  PEP.  Just  relying  on  lawsuits  will  not  be  sufficient  to  end  the  city's  policy.   And  this  means  challenging  the  strategy  put  forward  by  the  UFT  leadership,  which  has   led  token  mobilization  but  not  organized  a  sustained  movement.     • On  March  11th  the  Panel  for  Educational  Policy  will  meet  at  Brooklyn  Technical  High   School  at  6  PM  to  vote  on  the  closure  of  all  26  schools.    They  will  also  vote  to  replace   and  collocate  many  of  the  schools  with  charters  schools.    It  is  important  that  there  is  a   very  strong  showing  of  support  for  the  schools,  despite  the  fact  that  the  PEP  will   always  approve  any  proposal  the  mayor  puts  forth.    




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