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43146Fwd: Tonight on "The Call" -- Students, Teachers Return To Closing Schools

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  • RichardEdBarr@aol.com
    Feb 10, 2012
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      Sent: 2/10/2012 5:21:11 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
      Subj: Tonight on "The Call" -- Students, Teachers Return To Closing Schools
       
      Students and teachers at 23 schools returned to class today preparing for a major overhaul.  At a raucous meeting last night, the Panel for Educational Policy voted to close 18 struggling schools and eliminate the middle school grades at five others.  The Department of Education has closed 117 schools since Mayor Bloomberg won control of the system in 2002.  The schools re-open in the same building with new teachers, sometimes as publically funded charters.

      Mayor Bloomberg also said today he'd look at a new proposal by Speaker Christine Quinn that would make kindergarten mandatory for all five-year-olds.  Bloomberg said, "What is clear is that our kids aren't getting as much education as they need."  But the Mayor expressed concerns about the $30 million the initiative would cost taxpayers every year.  What do you say?

      What's your reaction to the PEP vote last night?  If you work at or attend one of the closing schools, what was the atmosphere like today?  Should kindergarten be mandatory for all children in New York City?

      If you want the First Word on this topic, let us know.  Also, if you have a suggestion for tonight's Snap Poll, send it along.  Be sure to include three possible responses.

      Reply to this e-mail with your thoughts, along with your first name and neighborhood. Then join NY1's John Schiumo tonight at 9:00 to hear the opinions of your fellow New Yorkers.

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