Again in 2014, Mayor de Blasio vowed that his Renewal Colleges program would “shake the foundations of New York Metropolis schooling.” Depend that as yet one more damaged promise.
The unique 94 Renewal colleges have been all failures, with horrible take a look at scores and falling enrollment. However reasonably than shut them down and open new colleges of their buildings (the Mike Bloomberg strategy), de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña got down to flip them round.
They spent lots of of tens of millions on consultants and new sources on this effort, but three years later, they’ve nonetheless needed to shut 27 of them — with
the final 9 shutdowns introduced this week.
It seems like the principle factor driving these closures is just the mother and father who’ve transferred their kids elsewhere: All 9 had seen enrollment fall so steeply that protecting them open would look ridiculous.
(The 5 non-Renewal colleges slated to shut are additionally embarrassments: One is the Bronx highschool the place an 18-year-old scholar was charged with stabbing a classmate to dying.)In the meantime, de Blasio and Fariña aren’t even closing the worst Renewals. Among the many failure factories that may stay are:
Wadleigh Secondary College. For 3 straight years, not certainly one of its youngsters has scored at grade degree in math. College students scoring on the lowest degree are up from 63 % in 2015-16 to 74 % in 2016-17.
Fannie Lou Hamer MS. Its college students there have suffered three years in a row of declining math proficiency, and the share scoring on the lowest degree rose from 53.6 % in 2015-16 to 70.5 % in 2016-17.
PS 112 Bronxwood is the bottom performing Renewal in English: Simply 5.5 % of its youngsters scored at grade degree and 53 % scored on the backside degree.
MS 301 Paul L. Dunbar is the third-lowest-performing Renewal in English, with solely eight.three % of scholars scoring at grade degree and 54.1 % within the lowest degree.
In all, 46 of the unique 94 Renewals will keep in this system for no less than one other 12 months. One other 21 will “graduate” out — merely as a result of they met laughably low benchmarks for enchancment. That’s a scandal in itself.
By any measure, Renewal has did not “shake the foundations” of something. But Fariña says she solely intends to “type of tweak” this system a bit. Which implies it’s going to maintain on denying hundreds of youngsters any hope of an honest schooling.