Thousands Gather in Brooklyn to Fight School Closures
The vote at Brooklyn Tech HS in Fort Greene set a record for the number of schools closed by the Panel for Educational Policy in one night.“We’re making difficult decisions — that people may or may not agree with — to make sure we’re providing quality education to our students as quickly as possible,” said Chancellor Dennis Walcott.
“People are getting fed up,” said teachers union president Michael Mulgrew told the Daily News. “They’re sick and tired of schools being blamed for the failure of the city.”
“There are important proposals up for discussion,” Walcott said. “If all the (teachers union) wants to do is bus in Occupy Wall Street protesters . . . then we will just have to work around that.”
"They removed $700,000 in funds from our school, and our school declined," said a man who was at the meeting. "The test scores for our children were poor -- understandably, because there was no money for our schools."