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United Federation of Teachers sues in effort to block closure of 19 city schools

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  • Patricia Connelly
    NAACP may also join the suit... http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/ 2010/02/01/2010-02-01_uft_to_sue_over_school_closings.html United Federation of
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      NAACP may also join the suit...



      United Federation of
      Teachers sues in effort
      to block closure of 19
      city schools

      BY Meredith Kolodner
      DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

      Monday, February 1st 2010, 4:00 AM

      The city's teachers union will file a lawsuit Monday
      in a bid to block the closure of 19 schools -
      ramping up its already antagonistic relationship
      with City Hall.

      The United Federation of Teachers lawsuit accuses
      the city of violating the state mayoral control law by
      failing to account for the impact of the shutdowns
      on the community.

      Advocates complained last week that the Education
      Department did not give proper notice about
      replacement schools before the Panel for
      Educational Policy voted Wednesday to approve the
      closures.

      The National Association for the Advancement of
      Colored People
      was in talks about joining the
      lawsuit, sources said. NAACP officials refused to
      comment yesterday.

      A UFT lawsuit last year over the proposed closure of
      three other schools led the city to abandon its
      plans. None of those schools is on the closure list
      this year, having all received A's on recent city
      report cards.

      Schools Chancellor Joel Klein defended the 19
      closures yesterday - and slammed the UFT for
      feeding the frenzy at the raucous meeting at which
      they were approved.

      "There are a lot of other people stirring this up,"
      Klein said on Channel 7. "A lot of people who spoke
      at that meeting were union leaders and chapter
      leaders."

      UFT President Michael Mulgrew acknowledged the
      union provided 50 buses for parents and teachers
      to travel to the
      Brooklyn meeting, but he denied that
      the thousands who attended were pushed by the
      union. "The fact that teachers and the community
      were standing together, that's what should be the
      takeaway for the chancellor," Mulgrew said.

      The UFT is in a protracted contract dispute with the
      city.

      Mayor Bloomberg said last week the union would
      have to accept 2% pay raises up to a maximum of
      $1,400 - or face 2,500 layoffs.
       
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