Fw: [New post] Families outraged over Frederick Douglass Academy’s failing grade — but are afraid to speak out
Welcome to Harlem posted: "It remains unclear why the Harlem academy fell so drastically from an adequate grade of a C to a failing one. Also unclear: what will be done. Eff this! The once-prestigious Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem got an F on the city's latest re"
It remains unclear why the Harlem academy fell so drastically from an adequate grade of a C to a failing one. Also unclear: what will be done.
Frederick Douglass Academy in East Harlem was given a failing grade by the Department of Education earlier this month and students, while outraged, are afraid to speak out.
The once-prestigious Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem got an F on the city's latest report cards this month — and families are livid.
"I'm really angry," said one fuming woman who sends her 12-year-old grandson to the school on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and 148th St. "I want my grandson to do well, but they are making it hard."
The 44-year-old woman — who declined to be identified citing possible retaliation from the school — said the academy "is acting like everything is good," despite the failing grade. Her grandson, a seventh grader, agreed.
"My teachers don't give me credit for my homework that I turn in," he said, voicing fears that his own grades could prevent him from achieving his dream of being a lawyer . "I'm working hard, and I'm failing."
The Department of Education grades public schools on their performance each year, examining factors like the school's environment and how well the institution prepares students for college and a career.
Only last month, The News ranked the academy as the 29th best public high school in the city, praising it for "an environment of order, maturity and seriousness."
But it remains unclear why the Douglass Academy fell so drastically from a C grade to a failing one in such a short period of time. It is also unclear what will be done to check the school's decline.