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.