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Old 03-08-2017, 02:56 PM
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De Blasio promises to probe failing School Renewal Program
By Bruce Golding and Yoav Gonen
March 8, 2017 | 4:24pm | Updated

Mayor de Blasio promised Wednesday to investigate his failing “School Renewal Program” in the wake of a series of Post exposes — and even asked for some help from his least-favorite ​news​paper.

The Post revealed this week that a city high school student was among several kids forced to transfer out of a Renewal school when the principal “told us to our faces, ‘You need to leave, you’re not good for this school, you’re bringing kids down.”

“I’ll have folks look into those [allegations], absolutely, and you can help connect us to the individual student,” de Blasio told a Post reporter during an unrelated news conference in Brooklyn.

​The student didn’t immediately respond to a message asking if he was willing to cooperate with City Hall.​

​​Hizzoner’s entreaty marked a radical departure from his previous — and repeated — denunciations of The Post, and his widely condemned refusal to take a question from the paper during an October news conference.

De Blasio also admitted Wednesday that he was left chagrined by another Post report about a recent Renewal school grad, 18-year-old Hidekel Reyes Lopez, who said she had to learn “the four years of math that I didn’t get in high school” when she enrolled at CUNY last year.

“I don’t want us to leave any child without a proper education,” the mayor said.

“I don’t know her circumstance, but any child that didn’t get a good enough education, that’s not acceptable to me.”

De Blasio defended his massive spending on the Renewal program — estimated at $186.5 million this year — by blaming former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who he said closed poorly performing schools “in very arbitrary fashion without attempting to turn schools around, and then left a lot of students in the lurch in the years in which the schools were being closed.”

“Look, we’re talking about schools that had the toughest time for years, that were not working, that needed a different approach,” de Blasio insisted.

The mayor — whose administration has already closed or merged nine of the original 94 Renewal schools, and plans to close or merge eight more — also said that an unspecified number of schools “are going to graduate out of Renewal status.”
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