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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 05:23 AM

 

DeWitt Clinton, former top-rated school, destroyed by Gates & Bloomberg & slated for closure

The Bloomberg administration has been defined by its determination to close as many schools as possible, and has shut more than a hundred so far, rather than make attempts to improve them. It is now threatening to close down DeWitt Clinton High School, one of the last remaining large schools in the Bronx, with a renowned history. Over its 115 years, its alumni have included 32 Oscar, Emmy and/or Tony Award winners, 11 Pulitzer Prize winners, 5 Olympic medalists, and 54 current or former members of the NY State Supreme Court.

Just 13 years ago, Clinton was ranked among the top 100 high schools in the nation... But then came the Gates-funded small schools initiative, as implemented by Bloomberg/Klein, which undermined all the large comprehensive high schools in the Bronx through overcrowding. For at least the last six years, Clinton has been at 120 percent utilization, with nearly one thousand more students than it was designed to hold.... many of its classes have 34 students or more -- far above the goals of 25 or less in the city's Contract for Excellence plan... Over the past few years, we have watched as the city funneled high needs students into specific schools, and then closed those schools based on declining scores. DeWitt Clinton is one of those schools which have been flooded with students who are known to be the most challenging to educate...

Despite all these problems, Clinton students exhibit relatively high rates of college readiness, a goal that the DOE claims to care about most. According to the recent Progress Reports, the school’s students average SAT scores of 422-437; A HUNDRED POINTS HIGHER THAN THE SCORES OF THE HIGH SCHOOL THAT DOE SAYS IS THE BEST IN THE CITY...

It is obvious what should be done to improve a school: refrain from overcrowding it, do not overwhelm it with high numbers of at-risk students, reduce class size, and if this doesn’t work, replace the principal. Yet the DOE has taken none of these steps. One has to wonder if they purposefully want the school to fail so they can close it down...

The NYC Dept. of Education has included DeWitt Clinton HS in the Bronx on its recently released list of “failing schools”, which means that it may shut down Clinton – a school that is more than 100 years old - within the next year. Clinton is one of a few large comprehensive high schools remaining in NYC; the others having been undermined then closed by the DOE... There has been a systematic sabotage of large high schools by the Bloomberg administration... We believe that schools do not fail, which is what education “reformers” claim; rather, it is policies that fail...

http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2012/12/dewitt-clinton-hs-another-victim-of.html


Well-known DeWitt Clinton grads include:

James Baldwin, Richard Avedon, Ralph Lauren, Paddy Chayefsky, Countee Cullen, Avery Fisher, Irving Howe, Robert Klein, Stan Lee, Neil Simon, Burt Lancaster, Tracy Morgan, Charles Rangel, and 38 pages of others



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Reply DeWitt Clinton, former top-rated school, destroyed by Gates & Bloomberg & slated for closure (Original post)
HiPointDem Dec 2012 OP
byeya Dec 2012 #1
barbtries Dec 2012 #2
Smarmie Doofus Dec 2012 #3
barbtries Dec 2012 #5
ReRe Dec 2012 #4
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #7
riderinthestorm Dec 2012 #6

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:01 AM

1. Even 200 miles away, we were told of DeWitt Clinton HS as one of the best in the

 

nation. This is more than a shame, I think it's criminal neglect.

Gates and Bloomberg need to pay for this.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:12 AM

2. this is really heartbreaking.

what kind of country will we be when public education is no more?

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Response to barbtries (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:24 AM

3. Guatemala. n/t

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:24 AM

5. yeah. third world.

it's so stupid.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:37 AM

4. Why can't there be a class action suit against Bloomberg, Gates, NYC, NY State...

.... and even the Federal Government????? "Special needs" children... does that mean poor children, or children with physical/mental disabilities? So where are they going to transfer these high school children to? Are they building new campuses to transfer them to? Where is the rest of this story? Are they building charter schools to replace this school? Also, exactly WHY do the want this school? Are they going to tear the school down? What are they going to build there? Need more information.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:22 PM

7. probably in the end the property will be transferred into private hands. it's already been

 

happening with other doe properties.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:38 AM

6. The destruction of public education happening right in front of our eyes.



I can't believe I'm watching this happen. And its happening fast.

The dismantling of our free public schools is a crime.

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