New York City’s department of education announced last week that 26 schools will be closed, phased out, or “truncated,” primarily because of low student achievement. The nation’s largest district, with 1.1 million students, is one of a number of urban systems that are planning to close large numbers of schools by next school year.
District officials said that after getting community input and providing support services to the schools, they determined students would be better served elsewhere.
The district will draft action plans and consider additional supports, including school improvement grants, for 32 other schools that it considered closing.
A version of this article appeared in the January 16, 2013 edition of Education Week as N.Y.C. to Shut Down Struggling Schools