THE BRONX - A Bronx assemblyman says he is going to do whatever it takes to keep Lehman High School open, accusing the city of not doing enough to save it.

Officials from the school announced this week their intentions to close Lehman. The struggling high school has been up for closure for years and the Department of Education (DOE) says it's one of 23 high schools in the city that will be facing closure beginning in 2013-2014.

The DOE blames the school's poor performance on state exams and its low graduation rate for the closure. Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Baychester, City Island) says the city caused most of the problems by changing its administration several times and increasing the number of special education students.

A public hearing on the proposed closure will be held next Monday.