Through Facebook, I found that another local high school where I grew up, Christopher Columbus High School, will be closing as "low performing".
What is going on here?
When I was growing up, people aspired to get into Columbus. One heard of the lucky kids who had relatives in the district, ready and willing to give students their addresses to get them into the district. (of course, I knew no one who actually did that). I wanted to go to Columbus because they gave Latin as a foreign language. I was lucky enough to avoid Evander Childs (which has closed-I blogged about this some months ago), which already had a bad reputation, in order to attend the Bronx High School of Science. It was a good thing too because I wasn't lucky enough to have relatives in the district. But I did go to college with a couple of women who did attend Columbus (legitimately, I might add.)
I am not an expert in education, but am friends with two retired NYC area teachers. I wonder if they know anything about this....
There is a Facebook page for "Save Columbus" I won't join as I was not directly connected to the school but I wish them the best of luck.