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Students lose in school closure decision, attorney says

The only clear winner in the State Supreme Court ruling halting the closure of 19 city schools is the rule of law, according to attorney David Bloomfield.

In the GothamSchools community section, Bloomfield writes:

We should rejoice when the judiciary checks illegal use of political authority. That’s what happened in Mulgrew v. Board of Education

But the decision should also be greeted with sadness. That the city should so brazenly violate the letter of the law is contemptible. That the identified schools, hobbled by instructional incompetence or supervisory negligence, will continue to maltreat students is equally appalling.

Bloomfield also offers up his prognosis for the city’s appeal: Not good.

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