BROOKLYN (WPIX)—Seven highly rated schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan are no longer on the chopping block.
In a reversal on Monday, the Department of Education removed seven schools from its list of 33 that were set to close at the end of the year.
- W.H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School
- Cobble Hill School of American Studies
- I.S. 136 Charles O Dewey
- Franklin D. Roosevelt High School
- Brooklyn School for Global Studies
- William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School
These seven schools were originally scheduled to be shuttered at the end of the school year because of poor performance, but all seven schools received high grades last fall. Maxwell High School had been improving for years, going from an 'F' to a 'D' to a 'B' to an 'A.'
Mayor Bloomberg announced his plan for the 33 schools during his State of the City address, after an agreement could not be reached with the teachers' union on a new teacher evaluation system.
The Mayor's decision was met with several protests from parents, teachers and students across the city.
In a statement on Monday, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott described why the seven schools will remain open: "After careful consideration, including school visits from my leadership team, we have come to believe that these schools have strong enough foundations to improve."
As for the other 26 New York City public schools on the list - they will still to be closed this summer. In the fall, they will reopen under different names, and their teachers will have to reapply for their jobs.