Harlem Renaissance Among Schools Removed from Closure List Updated April 2, 2012 7:38pm
Dawn Landes, a music studio engineer, teaches her craft to Harlem Renaissance High School students. (DNAinfo/Jon Schuppe)
MANHATTAN Seven city schools, including Harlem Renaissance High School, have been spared the axe after showing marked improvement in recent years, the Department of Education announced Monday.
The schools were among 33 that were set to shutter and re-open this fall under a special "turnaround" model, which allows the department to fire up to half of a school's teachers, without following union rules.
"When we began this process, we proposed closing and replacing these seven schools where we had seen some improvement, but where the pace of change was not quick enough for our students," Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in a statement.
"After careful consideration, including school visits from my leadership team, we have come to believe that these schools have strong enough foundations to improve and today, I have decided that we will not move forward with proposals to close and replace these seven."
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