THE BRONX - A group called the New Settlement Parents Action Committee is trying to prevent schools in New York City School District 9 from failing.

The district was ranked as the second worst in the state last year and has been one of the lowest performing districts for the past 13 years.

School officials say P.S. 230 will be phased out due to low standardized test scores. By 2016, it will be replaced with a new school. The DOE says this is the best plan of action to help students.

The PAC says closing failing schools and opening new ones doesn't fix the root problem. It is planning to hold a new parent orientation on Sept. 26 to organize and gather collective ideas for change in the school district.