Under Public Pressure, NYC Retreats on Two High School Closings

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hours before a board was scheduled to vote on the closing of 26 public schools, city officials withdrew two of them from contention, retreating from their original plans in the face of strong opposition from elected officials.

The two schools, Grover Cleveland High School and Bushwick Community High School, have little in common.

Cleveland, which earned a C on its last school progress report and has more than 2,400 students, has been a staple of the Ridgewood, Queens, neighborhood for decades, taking in thousands of students whose academic skills run the gamut, but graduating fewer of them in recent years.

Bushwick Community High School is a transfer school, a last-chance place for students who do not succeed in more traditional schools like Grover Cleveland, and have earned 10 or fewer credits of the 44 they will need to graduate. Bushwick has 420 students and, like Cleveland, earned a C on its last progress report.

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