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City pols blast de Blasio’s plan to fix failing schools
By Bruce Golding, Carl Campanile and Michael Gartland
March 7, 2017 | 11:19pm | Updated

City pols on Tuesday blasted Mayor de Blasio’s failing plan to improve some of the city’s lowest-performing public schools following a series of Post exposes.

Public Advocate Letitia James said Hizzoner’s costly “Renewal School Program” was producing “nothing but abject failure” and called The Post’s revelations “very troubling.”

James zeroed in on Monday’s report about the shortage of supplies and qualified teachers at the Coalition School for Social Change, where sources said unlicensed interns have been teaching a Spanish class.

“A significant number of the students are low-income students who are struggling to make ends meet and who are struggling to pass these tests,” she said.

“How can they possibly compete and pass these tests with teachers that are not certified and with a lack of resources?”

“What we’re getting is nothing but abject failure,” she added.

State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. (PR-Bronx) — who has 16 Renewal schools in his district, including three slated to close for failing to improve — demanded that de Blasio pull the plug on the program, which will cost $186.5 million this year.

“These Renewal schools have proven to be very detrimental to our children,” Diaz fumed. “It’s throwing money at sinking ships. Stop wasting money. Stop this nonsense now!”

Among other findings, The Post revealed how enrollment at Renewal schools has plummeted 25 percent while per-student spending has surged nearly 35 percent, and only 12.3 percent of last year’s grads were deemed college-ready.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Brooklyn) said the state Legislature should examine the Renewal program this spring, when it considers continued mayoral control of the city’s schools.

“We’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars and we can’t get textbooks to students and supplies to teachers?” she said. “It’s time to do something different. Maybe these schools really need to be restructured.”

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), a former teacher who chairs of the Education Committee, said he plans to grill schools officials at a March 21 expense budget hearing.

“We want to know where has that money gone,” he said. “We need a full accounting of how that money was spent . . . And we’ll expect details.”

US Rep. Dan Donovan (R-SI, Brooklyn) said The Post’s series was “deeply troubling.”

“Spending precious education dollars on dubious consultants with no accountability is not going to fix our public school system, and throwing money at the problem doesn’t equal reform,” he said,

City Hall spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein responded, “Since day one we have been clear that we will not give up on our students and these investments have lead to real results: graduation and attendance rates are up while chronic absenteeism and serious incidents are down.”
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