More than one hundred parents and students lined up to speak up about school closures in New York City at a meeting of the governing board for the New York City Department of Education.
The meeting began at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening in Lower Manhattan.
New York City Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) voted around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning on the package of “school realignments.”
The closure of P.S./M.S. 42 and M.S. 53 in Far Rockaway was not approved. That measure was voted down by a vote of six to six with one abstention.
New York State Assemblywoman Pheffer-Amato and Councilman Donovan Richards stated the following.
“We’d like to congratulate the students and parents of PS 42 and PS/MS 53 for their successful advocacy to keep their schools open to continue learning with the friends and teachers they know and trust. Now, we must continue to invest in our existing neighborhood schools to both ensure full growth in our students and our surrounding community. These are our children and their education is worth fighting for!”
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