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City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) convened a meeting of his colleagues from the Queens delegation last Thursday in Forest Hills, where they called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to drop his plan to close eight borough high schools at the end of the academic year and open new schools in their places for 2012-13 school year.
Comrie said Bloomberg chose to close the struggling schools “not out of academic excellence, not out of academic progression, but out of spite” during negotiations with the United Federation of Teachers on an evaluation and appeals system.
Earlier last year, the city Department of Education received federal funding to reorganize 33 of the city’s lowest-performing schools, including nine in Queens: Grover Cleveland High School