Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wadleigh Middle School Will Not Close As Planned, DOE Announces

Wadleigh Middle School Will Not Close As Planned, DOE Announces

February 8, 2012 7:11pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — The Department of Education announced Wednesday that it will not close the middle school at Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts after several elected officials and celebrities such as Cornel West decried the plan.

Among the vocal critics of the plan was Assemblyman Keith Wright, who compared the city's move to close schools in the neighborhood year after year to Glen Close's character in the classic 1987 thriller "Fatal Attraction."

"When it comes to schools, the Bloomberg Administration is like the woman in 'Fatal Attraction.' You think she died, but she keeps rearing her ugly head. I hope it stops," Wright said of the school closures.

The move came after a raucous joint hearing at Wadleigh on 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, held by Community Education Council 3 and the DOE, where politicians, parents, teachers, students and clergy vowed to take whatever steps were necessary to keep the school open. Mayoral hopefuls including Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio all spoke out against Wadleigh's closure.

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