The Department of Education plans to close the F-rated Jane Addams High School next fall, reported the New York Daily News. It will be one of the 12 public schools that the city plans to close due to students’ poor academic performances.
Jane Addams, a South Bronx school with a 45 percent graduation rate, made the news last week after Principal Sharron Smalls allegedly gave students course credits for classes they didn’t take. Smalls faced even more controversy after students plastered photos of her dancing with a bare-chested man, covered in chocolate syrup, around the school.
Despite its dismal performance, teachers said that the school should be given another chance. “The city should beef up our programs instead of shutting us down,” said one teacher. “This used to be an excellent school.”