Monday, December 7, 2009

Bye, bye, Jamaica High

From the NY Times:

New York City education officials said on Thursday that they planned to close an additional four schools for poor performance, including Jamaica High, a 1,500-student school that has been open since 1927.

The announcement brought to eight the number of schools that education officials said this week that they planned to phase out, beginning in the next school year. More such announcements are expected over the coming weeks.

As part of his effort to reshape the school system, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced the closing of 91 additional schools for poor performance since 2002, generally replacing them with clusters of smaller schools, often in the building where the failed school once operated.

Enrollment at Jamaica High School has been falling — it was 2,500 a decade ago — and its graduation rate has remained below 50 percent for years, education officials said. Under the city’s proposal, the school will stop accepting ninth graders in 2010 and slowly shrink.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

--too many people here bleeding us to death
Just terrible, we are witness the death of a city and a nation.
It’s only going to get worse.

Question how long before the riots, looting & bullets start flying.
Rome 2010

Anonymous said...

Seems like Education Dept is firing the building not the Administrators of the school itself?

What's the point of shutting down schools, while building unnecessary schools elsewhere if they are not needed? You can't make this stuff up!

FlooshingRezident said...

Why not stop bussing kids up to the already seriously overcrowded Francis Lewis? Empty building 2 miles away v. kids and teachers in trailers - hhhhmmmmm...

primadonna said...

Once again, Klein's solution for a poor-performing school.

Now you'll see those teachers will have such a hard time getting "hired" by another principal at another school and there will be an outrage we will have teachers on the payroll who aren't working(ATR's).
Just another way of getting rid of our senior teachers. And of course, Bloomcrud's solution for these ATR's is he wants to give them a year to get hired elsewhere and then if they don't find work they'll be fired.
I just can't believe our once powerful union has been brought to its knees by deals made between a midget and a dyke.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what kind of housing is going to be built on that site.

Queens Crapper said...

Supposedly, the school will gradually be shut down and then a "new" school will occupy the building (new staff).

Anonymous said...

I think the problem with Jamaica High School is not in the teachers but in the students who behave like animals in the wild.

A Better NYC said...

Wow...how sad.

Can you imagine how bad this school must REALLY be when the best solution is to just close its doors and throw everyone out.

How did it get to this point...?

The Dept of Ed. has zero accountability.

Anonymous said...

So some of the the District 28 kids displaced by this closing might be coming up to the ISHS on the new Metropolitan Ave. campus?

Lovely. It won't be long until we see mounted patrols trotting past Trader Joe's, just like PD has when school lets out at Hillcrest HS.

Anonymous said...

It’s not the building or the teachers it’s the savages and 3rd world garbage that go to it.
If those teachers need armed escorts to and from there cars they need army and to keep order let alone try and teach

With all the metal detectors and security in that place the city may as well bar it up and make it a jail
I remember what a cesspool Franklin K Lane was in the 70's.
I cant imagine how bad Jamaica High is

Anonymous said...

behave like animals in the wild.

---Can one say yard apes, wiggers and Meztitos. The cops are even scaired

Anonymous said...

Some of this is just pure BS politics.


I know someone who is in an at-risk school for closing.

Thing is, they werent at risk for a long time. middle of the road kinda school. They were getting the same "grade" for a while.

Then they got a new principal. Higher-ups don't like them personally. kids meet the same academic standards the school always maintained, but their overall grade suddenly gets lowered. If they get the same "bad" grade x-times in a row, they get to kick out the staff and put in their own people.

Anonymous said...

Well good riddens:

Those people need to get on the ball and learn to read,write and speak ENGLISH.

No more excuses for people born in America..50% graduation rate...pitiful!

No more swearing or using the N word

Enough already...we need a change!

Amador said...

Pimp-tight riddens:

You peeps aint nothin but uh bunch o' racists
It iz YOU who need ta git on da ball an' learn ta read, write an' speak SPANISH n da new program.

No mo' excuses fo' Archie Bunkers peeps born in da old America.!
Enough already...we's needs tis change! what 'chew thinking man?

Hail Michael Bloomberg !

Anonymous said...

Wait until they build the new Maspeth High School. Once it's up and running, kids will be travelling there from everywhere in the boroughs. That's why the DOE would not confirm the school to be used just for local students. People in Maspeth better start saving their money for Private High School. There won't be any room for neighborhood kids.

Anonymous said...

To save the school, we had to destroy the school.

Really, what is a "school"? -- The building itself, or the sum of the students, teachers, and the administrators?

If I were cynical, I would think it's a ploy to sell the real estate to politically-connected developers.

primadonna said...

"It’s not the building or the teachers it’s the savages and 3rd world garbage that go to it.
If those teachers need armed escorts to and from there cars they need army and to keep order let alone try and teach"

Wish I had armed guards when I worked in one of the worst areas of the city. I was harassed(with racist remarks) many times going to my car after school. And going to your car at night was just frightening.

Anonymous said...

Yes I am a racist. I don't like niggazs because there is no excuse in America for you to act like uneducated fools.

Maybe one day you will grow up become a Man and learn to be Black.

Show some respect for your race, or don't get mad at me because we are building more jails to keep you off the streets.

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Amador said...
Pimp-tight riddens:

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhh thats so true !
Bloomberg & his DOE are going to bus the savages to Maspeth to "break" it and get the middle class out.

Most good people will
1-Move
2-Go broke putting there kids in private High Schools.
Didnt
Mayor Lindsay do the same thing to people that resisted him in places like Bushwick and East New York in the 60s ?

Anonymous said...

jamaica h.s. will just re open in a year. that property will never be used for anything else but education. the problem is not the school, its the people sent to it. the area is a h.s. zone with edison, hillcrest and dominican commercial nearby. how they could justify closing this school with the huge property it sits on boggles the mind. f*ck u racist with 3rd world comments. learn spanish maricones.....

Anonymous said...

Now this is how a President should represent his country. How did we get shortchanged by the limp-wristed
liberal who won't even salute or pledge allegiance to our flag? According to Snopes, the sentiment is true,
although somewhat abridged.

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NOW THIS IS A PRESIDENT!!!!
America, Canada , and Europe needs a President like this

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd - Australia
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques.
Quote: 'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians'.

'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom'. 'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society. Learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'
'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom,
'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.'
'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'

Anonymous said...

The students in the Gateway Institute at Jamaica HS have a 100% graduation rate and go on to college. Likewise for the students in the Finance School.

Ask the DOE where they are getting the startup money for two new schools in the building -- duplicate Principals, Assistant Principals, etc. Are they trying to create jobs for these job classifications?

Jamaica High School is a wonderful community school and the DOE is taking it away from local residents.

Anonymous said...

Their closing down Jamaica to place 3 other schools in the building. What is the sense in that? As on of the teachers stated-" Why bring 4 principals in one building instead of havinq one principal with one salary? It saves more money." The city does fail to mention about the gateway childen with the 85 & 90 averages though. I happen to be one of them.

Kuljit Kaur said...

I don't believe in putting kids who dont want to learn in Jamaica High School and then kicking them out for bad behavior and bad grades. Like are you that retarded? One of my peers that I had known in middle school messaged me on facebook saying I got kicked out of school and they're sending me to Jamaica High School. Now you tell me, a kid who gets kicked out of school will now be attending Jamaica High School. How do you think he will do in school? Well anyway, I'm an actual student attending Jamaica Highschool who will graduate in 2011. I don't remember one day that I came home crying to my mom that someone had assaulted me. So what's this nonsense about random people just coming up to you guys and bothering you? And the talk about the police officers being scared? If our police officers are scared I think we might need new police officers. The last thing I would like to say is that, if it were up to me, I would help those in need instead of ignoring.