Students, Parents and UFT Tell New Chancellor to Start by Fixing Struggling Schools
CEJ, the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew called on new Chancellor-designee Dennis Walcott to fix the City’s failed strategy of closing struggling schools. The UYC released a report showing that closing schools serve huge numbers of the highest-needs students, but do not get the guidance and supports from the Department of Education they need to succeed. As a result, tens of thousands of students are abandoned in the closing schools and drop out, leave the school system, or have no data to show what happened to them after the school closed. Parents and students warned that thousands more students could face the same fate if the new chancellor doesn’t act immediately to change this policy.