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Anti-school closure activists hold mock funeral


There weren’t any school closures on the agenda at Wednesday’s Panel for Educational Policy meeting, but that didn’t sway critics of the Bloomberg administration’s education policies from holding a mock funeral before the meeting started, complete with presiding clergy and caskets to represent the 168 schools that Bloomberg has phased out.

Fathers Michael Sniffen and Chris Ballard of the Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, oversaw the funeral, which was meant to underscore calls for a moratorium on school closures and co-locations. The event was organized by the Movement of Rank-and-File Educators, a caucus within the teachers union; Change the Stakes, a parent group that opposes testing; and Paul Robeson Freedom School, which supports a high school that is phasing out now.

Read our complete coverage of Wednesday’s meeting, when the panel approved 20 new co-locations to start next year. Those join 17 other plans approved two weeks ago. Bill de Blasio, the mayoral frontrunner, has said he would consider scrapping some of the plans if he is elected, though he also specified this week that the co-location moratorium he has pledged would not apply to any space-sharing arrangements that are already in place.