It's teacher hunting season!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Public forum: NYC school closings on March 28, at John Jay College

NYC teacher activists have planned a public forum on NYC school closings for

March 28, 12 PM (noon), John Jay College, Room 1311 of The North Building
445 West 59th Street (west from Columbus Avenue, toward 10th Avenue)
The conference is open to the public, not just to teachers.
For more information call: 718-601-4901 or email:

Speakers will also address: the Absent Teacher Reserve ("ATR") issue, as well as high-stakes testing.

Here are the websites of the main sponsoring organizations: UFT-ICE, Independent Community of Educators,
and a non-caucus groupNY CORE, New York Community of Radical Educators.
The conference has been endorsed by Teachers for a Just Contract and other teachers' organizations.
Click HERE for a pdf flyer for the event.

Dozens of schools have closed under Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Click here for a list (posted by Norm Scott) of the high schools that the Department of Education has closed since 1999. The number has leapt considerably, since Joel Klein replaced Harold Levy in 2002. Scott has listed schools by the last year that freshman classes were accepted. Bayard Rustin High School, Louis Brandeis High School, both in Manhattan, and Franklin K. Lane in Brooklyn, are the latest casualties.

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