Grover Cleveland and Bushwick Community high schools escape Bloomberg’s ax; 24 schools don’t

Briefing: Schools Chancellor Walcott. (Emily Canal via flickr)
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Before voting to close and reorganize 24 struggling public schools, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration decided to remove two schools from the chopping block.

During an interview on NY1 news before the vote, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the schools were removed from the closure list after an extensive, ongoing evaluation process.

This morning, the Post described the two schools, Grover Cleveland High School in Queens and Bushwick Community High School in Brooklyn, as "politically backed." Those political connections include Cathy Nolan, the chairwoman of the Education Committee, who is a graduate of Grover Cleveland.

(Rosie Perez is also a graduate of the school, I'm reminded by my mother, who was a teacher there.)

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As for Bushwick, it "garnered several vocal supporters, including Council Speaker Christine Quinn."

However "politically backed" is defined, the story says the schools were not saved based on what education officials actually saw happening in the classroom.

UPDATE: My mom writes, "'Politically backed' saves fits politically motivated closings."

Some Links:

2013

Scott Stringer is fund-raising off of Chris Christie's opposition to the commuter tax. [David Seifman]

2012

One editorial board supports a proposal that would "require broadcasters to report their political ad sales on a national database." [New York Times]

The Post notes that Simcha Felder is not voting for Obama and that Felder is running for State Senate with "Liu's blessing." [Carl Campanile]

City Hall

Council aide David Segal was convicted of throwing a burning rag at an army recruitment center in 2005. He disclosed the arrest to the Council before being hired last March. [Beth Defalco and Sally Goldenberg]

Bloomberg said the Council "delayed" the living wage bill so it wouldn't impact the FreshDirect deal. [David Seifman]

Two high schools pulled off the closure list, Grover Cleveland in Queens and Bushwick Community in Brooklyn, are "politically backed." [Yoav Gonen]

Albany

Cuomo's effort to reform health-insurance reimbursement rates is in jeopardy, and some say legislation mandating specific rates is needed. [Jacob Gershman]

A state trooper was suspended without pay for throwing parties that may have included prostitutes. [Fred Dicker Larry Celona and Frank Rosario]

Two other troopers were also suspended in connection to the alleged parties. [Matt Flegenheimer]

John Liu is used as an illustration of why state legislators should oppose public financing of campaigns. [New York Post]

Former state senator Carl Kruger deserved "the max" of 12 years in jail, not 7. [Daily News]

Kruger said, "I am sorry for abandoning my constituents who elected me to service them." [Bob Fredericks, Josh Saul and Dan Mangan]

"[H]is sorrow seemed to arrive only after the moment of his arrest." [Michael Powell]

A reporter has good details from inside the courtroom where Pedro Espada is facing corruption charges. [Sumathi Reddy]