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Could closing a struggling high school encourage drop-outs?

Philissa just put up a feature looking in-depth at one of the latest school closures, a Red Hook, Brooklyn, high school that will be the first in the city to be shuttered without ever graduating a student. Parents laid out why they worry that will create problems:

“The majority of the kids are saying, if this is going to happen, they’re not going to continue going to school,” Vickie LaSalle, whose daughter is a junior, said today. “Some of them are saying they’re going to get their GED. Some are saying they’re going to drop out.”

That’s what another mother predicted on Tuesday morning, just after the school’s closure was announced. She said she thought many of the students would drop out rather than commute to schools outside of Red Hook, a neighborhood that doesn’t have a subway station

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