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Queens Chronicle

Senators appeal for schools

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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 pm

All seven state senators from Queens have signed a letter to Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott asking him to remove eight borough high schools from the list of those to be placed on turnaround status.

The schools would face a complete reorganization, and could lose up to 50 percent of their faculties. The letter asks Walcott to to continue the schools in their current Restart designation.

“The process has been working well, creating stability and providing much-needed support at all of the schools,” the letter, dated April 16, states. “We urge you to act swiftly and restore these schools to the Restart/Transformation model that held so much promise for our youth and our communities.”

The letter also says an appeals process regarding teacher evaluations eliminated the issue that “prompted the elimination of the Restart/Transformation process.”

The schools on the list include August Martin in Jamaica; Grover Cleveland in Ridgewood; Long Island City and Bryant in Long Island City; John Adams in Ozone Park; Newtown High School in Elmhurst; and Flushing High School.

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