Two High Schools Spared From Closing

April 26, 2012 Updated: April 26, 2012

NEW YORK—Class will be in session for at least another year for students and teachers of Grover Cleveland High School and Bushwick Community High School. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced they would be spared from being closed on Thursday morning despite being on the list for closure.

“We have come to believe that two of those schools—Grover Cleveland High School and Bushwick Community High School—have demonstrated an ability to continue their improvements without the more comprehensive actions that are clearly needed at 24 other schools,” Walcott said in a statement.

Former students from Bushwick Community High School made a touching plea to the city’s Department of Education on Wednesday, April 18, and Grover Cleveland High School supporters rallied for their school in February.

The teachers union, which outspokenly opposes the school closings held a rally at City Hall on Thursday afternoon, claiming they were going to “take our message to the puppet master,” according to the union’s website.

The Panel for Educational Policy held a public hearing on Thursday evening to decide the fate of 24 other schools. As of press time, the fate of the other schools had not been decided.