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Two Council Members, Dozens of Parents Arrested Protesting School Closures Near DOE Headquarters

January 31, 2011
Hundreds of Fed Up Parents, Students Rally to “Fix Schools, Not Just Close Them”

Two New York City Council Members and dozens of parents and youth were arrested for blocking traffic at Chambers and Centre Street following a rally outside Department of Education (DOE) headquarters.  Council Members Jumaane Williams and Charles Barron were among those arrested when hundreds of parents  and students gathered to demand the City “fix schools, not just close them” as the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) prepares to vote this week on whether or not to close 26 schools.  The rally was organized by the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice and the Urban Youth Collaborative.

To see television coverage of the event, go to NY1, NBC or Univision. And click here to read the facts about how many of the 26 schools slated for closure have been set up to fail.

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