With the vast majority of students graduating high school unprepared for college, can we say that the close and replace strategy -- Bloomberg's dominant strategy to improve struggling schools -- is significantly improving academic prospects for NYC students? Or, is it largely moving the highest needs students around in a shell game?
While it is unclear whether closing schools is having positive impacts on student achievement, a number of questions remain unanswered: What is happening to the highest needs students who used to attend the large campus high schools, but do not attend the new small schools? What is happening to the students who give up on school altogether because their school is being closed?
What we do know is that the educational futures of many high needs students are being neglected while the City doubles down on this damaging policy.