From the Daily News:
Several Queens schools may be in hot water after failing to make the grade on the city's annual progress reports.
The city is considering closing Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Park; the Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship High School in Cambria Heights and Jamaica High School, after they received D's on the reports released last week. Other schools may also be under consideration.
"We review all low-performing schools for closure," said Education Department spokesman William Havemann. "But the progress report is not the only factor to be considered."
When schools are closed, classes are phased out one year at a time. Then a new school moves into the building, Havemann said.
David Pecoraro, a math teacher and union leader at Beach Channel, said his school's low marks aren't necessarily its fault.
Two nearby schools that opened recently only accept students with high test scores, he said, siphoning off the area's best students and leaving Beach Channel with the lower-performing kids.
"You've academically, socioeconomically and racially segregated these students by the creation of these schools," Pecoraro said. "We used to get the broad range of students. We don't get that broad range anymore."