City Council Passes Resolution to Fix Schools Instead of Closing Them
Yesterday the NYC City Council voted unanimously in favor of Resolution 157A supporting CEJ’s School Transformation Zone, an alternative approach to school turnaround that would improve low-performing schools so they don’t have to be closed.
Councilmember Robert Jackson, who introduced the resolution, said the resolution “reflects the view of many parents, educators, advocates and elected officials…that DOE has a responsibility to help struggling schools rather than just taking the easy way out by closing them.”
The School Transformation Zone would use federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) and other funds for school turnaround to implement comprehensive reform plans in the lowest-performing schools. Struggling schools could apply to join the Zone and redesign teaching and learning. The resolution is timely because in the next two weeks, NY State school districts must submit their plans to the state for how they will use SIG funds to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools. There are 34 of these schools in NYC. The School Transformation Zone has been endorsed by over 70 elected officials, academics, advocates, faith leaders and Community Education Councils.
And watch a video of the vote below.