Are School Closings The Answer? Or Is It a Way to Sugar Coat Other Underlying Issues?

Earlier this year New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg along with his administration announced 26 schools closings throughout the city. Some of these schools are among the oldest institutions in the city.

Part of the plans call for these schools to re-open next fall with the same students, but will host new names and will have some new teachers and administrators.

In an effort to qualify for federal grants under President Obama’s “Turnaround” model, the city has plans to keep at least 50% of the staff for each of these schools. The question is, are these school closings the answer for these communities? Or is a way to make our politicians look like they are working in the best interest of the students and their communities.

I can agree that there are some bad apples in terms of staff and administrators throughout the entire NYC school system, but does this justify a school closing? Or is this a short term solution for the city to qualify for federal grants? There so many issues and debates over current issues with the NYC Department of Education and how Mayor Bloomberg has handled the department during his tenure. The questions still remains, what will the school system accomplish from this move?

The NY Times article published on April 26, 2012 by Anna M. Phillips describes some of the details of what will transpire this coming school year in September 2012.





7 thoughts on “Are School Closings The Answer? Or Is It a Way to Sugar Coat Other Underlying Issues?

  1. You raise some very interesting views, I think that closing down schools will not put rise in scores for students. The initial changing of teachers may or may not help the situation. Leaving only 50% of teachers that may have been closely knitted to the students can be detrimental for a child. I definitely don’t think its very fair. I have honestly one crucial question and that is, What if the teacher’s aren’t the problem? Why rid the school of half its staff if possibly the teachers aren’t the problem at all. There are other many essential components that play parts, like neighborhood, culture, students, support system, peers, role models.

  2. You bring up an interesting topic, it kind of similar to my post. I don’t feel that closing schools and reopening them under different names will help nor is revamping the administrators and staff. The Mayor needs to find the root of the problem and work on fixing that instead of attacking the system as a whole.

  3. Very interesting and true points you make there. I do think that there is something else behind school closing besides what is publicly being said. There usually is. I don’t feel that school closing will benefit anybody. Of course there are educators out there that do need some discipline and they should be addressed and handles without punishing the rest that don’t deserve it. Sadly, so many things need to be fixed in our education system…

  4. This topic is very close to me being that my high school (Richmond Hill) will be closed at the end of this semester. Only in the United States have I heard of schools being closed down, what type of backwards thinking is that? I’m not in favor of making 2 or 3 schools into 1 building, seems ludicrous to me. Also, the fact that many teachers who have a great track record will be fired and have to reapply to the school is a slap in the face for all their work.

  5. Wow, this issue is a serious topic, because its something people don’t really look into. Most people would say that by closing schools down, it makes officials and politicians look like they are trying their best to improve the Education department, but the true question is are they? The question you asked about what will be accomplished through the closing down of schools is a very good question and it needs to be answered.

  6. school closings are never the answer. if anything the department of education should instead provide support to these schools and work with the teachers that are already in the school and help them by putting two teachers in a classroom maybe one with more experience than the other. there are many alternatives to closing schools and revamping them with new names and staff, and in my opinion the dollar sign always plays an important role and that’s what bothers the mayor more than anything (budget)

  7. Great topic sesh15, It is unavailable as to how many school are set to be closed down, including my high school, Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood. We will have to wait till fall or even mid school year to see if any results. My school was not the best of the best, but the few years I was there changed me into a goal driven student and prepared me for college at the same time. I just hope these policy makers know what they are doing and the outcomes are a success

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