Teachers sue DOE to stop school closures

Teachers throughout the city have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education (DOE) in an effort to stop the proposed closure of 22 schools.

THE BRONX - Teachers throughout the city have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education (DOE) in an effort to stop the proposed closure of 22 schools.

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT), NAACP and other community groups have joined together in the lawsuit for the second time. Last year, the groups sued the DOE and successfully kept 15 schools open, but those same 15, along with another seven, are back on the chopping block.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said, "It's outrageous that the UFT has today taken steps to try to keep students in failing schools and block families from access to better options in the fall."

The DOE also says that it's had success in the past few years replacing low-performing schools with better ones and that students shouldn't be sent to learn at places where only 50 percent of them are graduating.

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