On Feb. 27, the de Blasio administration announced plans to veto nine planned school co-locations for the 2014-15 school year after determining that they would be detrimental to the existing school communities. The administration said that it reversed plans that co-located an elementary school and a high school, that would harm District 75 programs or that presented significant facility issues. As part of the announcement, the DOE said other planned co-locations for the 2014-15 school year will move ahead, but co-locations planned for the 2015-16 school year and beyond have been put on hold so that the DOE can further engage with the affected school communities and reassess the situation.
In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued the following statement:
I’m glad the DOE has taken an important first step in vetoing some particularly troublesome pending co-locations. But the solution to Bloomberg’s destructive policies — including his two-minutes-to-midnight attempt to lock in new co-locations on the new administration — is to give local schools and communities a real say on how their buildings are used.