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May 25, 2016
Despite major city investment, struggling ‘Renewal’ schools shed another 6,300 students
The low-performing schools serve about 6,270 fewer students now than in 2014, as many families continue to shun them despite the city's expensive intervention.
Updated April 1, 2016
Hundreds of teachers must soon reapply for their jobs at six troubled schools
The six schools are Lehman, Banana Kelly, August Martin, and John Adams high schools, and J.H.S. 80 and Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology.
August 25, 2015
New principal to lead Lehman HS, the troubled Bronx school in state crosshairs
An assistant principal at the prestigious Bronx High School of Science will take over Lehman High School, one of the city's lowest-performing schools.
March 7, 2013
Lehman HS removed from closure roster, again, but will shrink
A Lehman High School teacher dressed as the school's mascot—a lion—spoke at the school's "turnaround" closure hearing in 2012. For the third time in just over a year, Herbert H. Lehman High School is being pulled off of the chopping block. The Department of Education announced today that it would withdraw proposals to close Lehman and one other school, P.S. 140 in Queens. The two schools were among 24 facing closure votes at Monday's Panel for Educational Policy meeting. Department officials said they had reviewed the public comments made at the schools' closure hearings and determined that they were likely to improve in the future. It's a determination the department has made for a couple of schools each year, usually just days before the PEP is scheduled to vote on their closure plans. Despite the announcement, Lehman will not actually stay open in its current form. The department announced that the school would shrink over time — from more than 2,700 students this year to about 1,000 in the future — and would still have three new schools open in its building next year, for a total of six in the building.
February 27, 2013
Schools facing closure again cover well-worn steps at hearings
Principal Rose Lobianco spoke to community members and city officials during a public hearing on the city's plan to close Herbert H. Lehman High School. (Photo: Mariana Ionova) Whether it was their first public hearing or their fifth, supporters of several schools that the city has proposed closing brought high energy to closure hearings held Tuesday evening. Both Herbert H. Lehman High School and the High School of Graphic Communication Arts were briefly slated to close last year before a labor ruling halted the Department of Education's plans. Now they are on the chopping block again. On Tuesday, Lehman's vocal supporters reprised their support, while at Graphics, the debate shifted to what would move into the space instead. Supporters of a third school whose closure hearing was held on Tuesday, J.H.S. 302 in Brooklyn, brought fresh energy to the hearing, a first for the school. The hearings are a required part of the city’s process to close or open schools, which culminates with a vote by the Panel for Educational Policy. The panel, which has never rejected a city proposal, is set to vote March 11 on closure plans for 24 schools. Herbert H. Lehman High School
December 20, 2012
Newest PEP member could face a vote on closing son's school
Robert Powell is Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s choice to represent him on the Panel for Educational Policy. The latest addition to the citywide school board responsible for signing off on school closures has a child at a school that could be on the chopping block this year. Robert Powell is replacing Wilfredo Pagan as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s pick for the Panel for Educational Policy, starting with tonight's meeting in Manhattan. Pagan served on the board, which is controlled by the mayor, for just a year. Powell attended city schools, then sent six children to them, according to a press release Diaz's office put out today. One of his children currently attends Herbert H. Lehman High School, which last month was told for the third time in a year that its performance is so weak that it might be closed. Powell has a long history of participating in school governance.
December 4, 2012
Students and staff say, again, that Lehman is on the upswing
As Elaine Gorman, a top official in the Department of Education's Division of Portfolio Planning, looks on, seniors Lindita Nuculli and Samantha Calero talk about Lehman High School's strengths. For the third time in a year, students and teachers at Herbert H. Lehman High School lined up Monday night to tell city officials why the school should remain open. They were there a year ago, when the city first shortlisted the school for possible closure. And they were back there this spring for a spate of meetings and protests over the city's plan to close and reopen the school according to a federally prescribed overhaul process — a process Lehman only narrowly escaped. Yesterday evening, Department of Education officials returned to Lehman to warn that closure is on the horizon again. At an emotional "early engagement" meeting—a meeting between officials, school staff, community members that is the first step in the closure process—current and former teachers and students defended the large, East Bronx school, arguing that the Department of Education's reform policies are to blame for Lehman's decline. Department officials have held early engagement meetings at Lehman twice before, but the school ultimately remained open. In a presentation at the beginning of the meeting, principal Rose Lobianco said the school is already on the slow and steady path to improvement, thanks to the creation of a small learning academy structure that splits students into several "academies," with their own assistant principal leaders, based on academic interest.
June 12, 2012
Job interviews—and protests—continue at 'turnaround' schools
Teachers Kevin Kearns, (right) and others protest the turnaround plans in front of Department of Education headquarters. With the 24 turnaround schools deep into the hiring process, a small handful of teachers gathered in front of Tweed this afternoon to show their opposition despite the rain. Protesters from John Dewey High School Lehman High School grimly described their uncertain futures. But they did not renew any pleas to Department of Education officials to stop the turnaround. They were joined by several teachers from Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School, which the city placed on its original list of turnaround schools but later removed. Marian Swerdlow, the FDR union chapter leader-elect, said she and several colleagues turned out this afternoon to show their support and register opposition to all school closures. She stood stone-faced in front of the DOE headquarters in a United Federation of Teachers rain poncho, holding a crumpled sign that read, "the turnaround model is all wet." The city cannot make any final hiring decisions at the 24 schools, which are closing this summer and immediately re-opening under the reform model known as 'turnaround.' But hiring committees made up of city and teachers union officials, school administrators and parents in each of the schools have been busily conducting back-to-back interviews with teachers hoping to keep their jobs.
February 2, 2012
Students explain why they walked out against school closures
Dozens of city students walked out of at least five high schools in three boroughs Wednesday to protest the city's school closure plans. Amid the crowd of protesters in Union Square, I spoke to several students about what inspired them to take to the streets and what they think the city will lose by shuttering struggling high schools. Here's what they told me: Ana Leguillou Senior, Paul Robeson High School The city decided to phase out Leguillou's Brooklyn school last year. Now that the school has started to shrink, Leguillou said student morale is low. "Students feel like they're not doing what they should be," she said. She tried to persuade friends to join her at the protest, but said, "They said, 'No, thanks, there's nothing more we can do.' It's sad to see that they've given up." Leguillou said she wanted to show her support to other schools in hopes that they could avoid the same fate. "It may be a lost cause for us, but we can still fight."
October 31, 2011
Repeating a Halloween pattern, students skipped school today
Attendance was down at schools across the city today, an annual Halloween phenomenon that teachers said is driven by rumors of gang violence. Eighty-two percent of students came to school today citywide, well below the average daily rate of 92 percent, according to preliminary attendance data posted on the Department of Education's website. Attendance was lowest at high schools and in pockets of Brooklyn and the Bronx. At several schools where daily attendance averages about 75 percent, including Banana Kelly High School and Lehman High School in the Bronx, only about 40 percent of students showed up today. Assemblyman Karim Camara told GothamSchools that parents reported low attendance in many Central Brooklyn schools. On Twitter, Brooklyn high school teacher Stephen Lazar said only 50 to 60 percent of his students had come to school today. Another teacher, Janine Whitman, said only 2 of her 12 students were in class this morning. "We were missing many students AND teachers today!" wrote Mark Anderson, who teaches at an elementary school in the Bronx.
October 25, 2011
Among low-scoring schools, familiar names and dashed hopes
Yesterday's high school progress reports release put 60 schools on existential notice. Fourteen high schools got failing grades, 28 received D's, and another 14 have scored at a C or lower since at least 2009 — making them eligible for closure under Department of Education policy. In the coming weeks, the city will winnow the list of schools to those it considers beyond repair. After officials release a shortlist of schools under consideration for closure, they will hold "early engagement" meetings to find out more about what has gone wrong. City officials said they would look at the schools' Quality Reviews, state evaluations, and past improvement efforts before recommending some for closure. Last month, they said they were considering closure for just 20 of the 128 elementary and middle schools that received low progress report grades. The at-risk high schools are spread over every borough except for Staten Island and include many of the comprehensive high schools that are still open in the Bronx, including DeWitt Clinton High School and Lehman High School, which until recently were considered good options for many students. They also include two of the five small schools on the Erasmus Campus in Brooklyn and two of the three small schools that have long occupied the John Jay High School building in Park Slope. (A fourth school, which is selective, opened at John Jay this year.) They include several of the schools that received "executive principals" who got hefty bonuses to turn conditions around.
August 19, 2011
Report: Lehman principal improperly changed students' grades
A two-year-investigation found that a Bronx principal, Janet Saraceno of Lehman High School, illicitly changed students' grades. We first reported the concerns in October 2009, months after Lehman teachers went to the DOE's Office of Special Investigations with their allegations. The teachers reported that dozens of students, at a minimum, had been given credit for courses they failed or even did not take. They charged that Saraceno was turning Lehman into a "diploma mill" in order to show gains on the city's school performance metrics. OSI's report, sent to Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott a week ago, concludes that Saraceno improperly changed some students' grades but dismisses a host of other test-tampering allegations. It does not include a recommendation for Walcott to follow. Its existence was first noted today on the Twitter feed of a New York Times reporter, Fernanda Santos. She wrote that it appears that Saraceno is moving on to a position in the DOE's central administration, advising schools on instruction. In June, the New York Times reported that Saraceno would not return to Lehman. But the principals union would not confirm her departure.
June 29, 2011
Principal accused of grade-changing could be leaving Lehman
Beleaguered Lehman High School could be getting a new principal, just three years after the city gave Janet Saraceno a $25,000 bonus to take the…
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