On July 16, the New York State Education Department began implementation of the new receivership program passed by the state Legislature with the announcement of a list of 144 struggling and persistently struggling schools around the state, including 62 in New York City. Struggling schools are all initially under the supervision of their school system leaders — in New York City, the chancellor — in the receivership program.
In response to the announcement, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued the following statement:
Receivers have no magic wand. We have seen that over and over again, in New York state and across the country. What these schools need are resources, and that is what New York City schools are getting in Mayor de Blasio’s Renewal program. Investing in schools is what makes them better and what works for students — not receivers, whose default is simply to close schools, not to fix them.