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More than two dozen boro schools failing

State releases list of troubled schools

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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Thu Sep 20, 2012.

The State Education Department released its list of troubled schools last month, just before the start of the new school year, highlighting over two dozen borough schools in need of improvement or risking closure by the end of the decade.

Among the schools listed on the priority list — schools with graduation rates under 60 percent — are the seven high schools that were part of the failed turnaround program earlier this year and two high schools that are already being phased out — Jamaica and Beach Channel. The list also includes Grover Cleveland High School, which was taken off the turnaround list at the last minute in April, along with Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village and Excelsior Prep High School in Springfield Gardens.

JHS 8 in South Jamaica, MS 53 in Far Rockaway, IS 192 in Hollis and PS 111 in Astoria also made the priority list, which includes more than 200 schools citywide.

The list of focus schools includes four high schools — Flushing International, Pan American International in Elmhurst, Frederick Douglass Academy in Far Rockaway and Business Computers Applications and Entrepreneurship at Campus Magnet in Cambria Heights; six elementary schools — PS 42, PS 197 and PS 252, all in Far Rockaway, PS 151 in Woodside PS 80 in Jamiaca and PS 178 in Holliswood; and one junior high school, JHS 226 in South Ozone Park. .

The SED released the list on Aug. 30.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, said the number of schools on the list showed the Bloomberg administration’s education policies are failing.

“This is a wake-up call for the Bloomberg administration to come up with an educational strategy to help struggling schools succeed instead of the failed policy of closing them,” Mulgrew said in a statement.

The city Department of Education did not respond to a request for comment.

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