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Rise & Shine: How does the city decide which struggling ‘Renewal’ schools to close?

Good morning!

In the coming days, schools in the city's Renewal turnaround program will learn whether they will get more time to improve — or will be shut down entirely. But how do city officials make that call?

To answer that question, we looked at the nine turnaround schools the education department has closed so far. And while there aren't obvious patterns, a couple things are clear: Meeting the city's benchmarks and posting modest increases in graduation rates and test scores won't necessarily spare a school from closure.

Also in today's roundup: A gun scare that caused a lockdown at a Brooklyn high school turned out to be a false alarm, and hundreds of students across the city were allowed to switch schools due to safety concerns two years ago.

Enjoy! —Alex

 

CLOSURES AHEAD As education officials plan to close more struggling schools in the city’s flagship turnaround program, here’s what you can expect based on the nine Renewal schools that have closed so far. Chalkbeat

GUN SCARE After a 15-year-old student at Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton High School reported that she saw another student with a gun, the school was placed on lockdown and swarmed by police. But no gun was recovered and classes resumed in the afternoon. New York Daily News, NY1,Patch, ABC 7

SAFETY TRANSFER Hundreds of students were allowed to transfer to a different school during the 2015-16 school year due to safety concerns, city data show. NY1

NEW GOALS The Center for an Urban Future’s Tom Hilliard argues that rising graduation rates in New York City means there should be more focus on making sure students are actually earning college degrees. WNYC

LANGUAGE SKILLS Two Queens lawmakers met with education department officials to push for more Korean dual language programs. TimesLedger

NO MORE Opinion: Parents at Brooklyn’s P.S. 306, a Renewal school, argue the turnaround program shouldn’t be expanded until they’ve figured out how to improve the schools that are already participating. Bklyner