NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez issued the following statement reacting to the Panel for Educational Policy’s postponement of a planned vote on the closure of the High School for Health Careers in Washington Heights:
“The uptown community spoke out with one voice to save this high school, and buy-in from parents and the community is a priceless asset in public education. With it, you can work miracles, and without it, even small changes can be hard.
“What’s more, this school closure did not make policy sense. On a number of measures, this school is actually ahead of most or all the other Renewal Schools. Meanwhile, the enrollment decrease administrators cited as a reason for closure is partially attributable to an enrollment decrease across all of District 6, and partially attributable to the fact that the Renewal Schools label has stigmatized this and other schools in the program.
“We thank the Panel for Educational Policy for doing its job, listening to the many community members who testified, and deciding to review this matter further instead of forging ahead with an ill-advised closure plan. We look forward to working with the mayor and the Department of Education in the coming weeks on strategies to strengthen this high school and others across Manhattan that need help.
“Congratulations to our elected colleagues, Community Board 12, Community Education Council 6, the parents, and especially the students, who showed up, spoke out, and made this victory possible.”