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These meetings are your chance to weigh in on New York City’s plan to close or merge nine Renewal schools

In 2016, the Community Education Council in Manhattan's District 3 approved a controversial school rezoning aimed in part at integrating schools.
In 2016, the Community Education Council in Manhattan's District 3 approved a controversial school rezoning aimed in part at integrating schools.
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When city officials announced “aggressive” plans in January to close or merge nine schools in the city’s turnaround Renewal program, they promised a series of public meetings at each school to solicit input.

The vast majority of those meetings are scheduled over the next two weeks, and will give the public a chance to offer feedback. Parents and educators have already pushed against plans to close at least one Renewal school — J.H.S. 145 in the Bronx — highlighting a tension in the city’s argument that it needs to close or merge schools that are still in a three-year program to help turn them around.

Here is a schedule of those meetings, which all start at 6 p.m. (One school, J.H.S. 162 Lola Rodriguez de Tio, is omitted from the list because its public hearing already happened.)

Upcoming Renewal school closure/merger meetings

SCHOOL ACTION DATE LOCATION
M.S. 584 Closure 3/6 130 Rochester Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11213
J.H.S. 145 Arturo Toscanini Closure 3/6 1000 Teller Ave. Bronx, NY 10456
Francis Perkins Academy and Automotive High School Merger 3/7 50 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11222
Young Scholars Academy of the Bronx and the North Bronx School of Empowerment Merger 3/8 3710 Barnes Ave. Bronx, NY 10467
Essence School Closure 3/8 590 Sheffield Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11207
Frederick Douglass Academy IV Secondary School and The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance Merger 3/13 125 Stuyvesant Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11221
Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design Closure 3/15 1300 Boynton Ave. Bronx, NY 10472
Leadership Institute Closure 3/16 1701 Fulton Ave. Bronx, NY 10457

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