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Here are the 62 New York City schools that could be taken over by outside groups

Herbert Lehman High School in the East Bronx, a struggling school that the state recently labeled as "out of time" to make drastic improvements.

Sixty-two New York City schools could be taken over by outside groups within two years, and seven of those even sooner, new State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced Thursday.

The two new categories of “struggling schools” and “persistently struggling schools” were created in a state law passed earlier this year that requires superintendents to appoint an individual, nonprofit group, or outside school district to run schools that struggle to raise test scores and graduation rates.

Fifty of the 62 schools facing takeover are a part of the city’s own high-profile “Renewal” turnaround initiative. One school on the list, P.S. 64 Pura Belpre in the Bronx, is already being phased out.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city teachers union didn’t succeed at fighting off such a plan, but opponents did ensure that district leaders — in New York City’s case, Chancellor Carmen Fariña — would be the ones to choose the outside entity.

Read more about the plan, and what it means for city schools, here. Below are the schools on the state’s new lists.

“Persistently struggling,” with a one-year deadline:


  • J.H.S. 162 Lola Rodriguez De Tio
  • I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade
  • J.H.S. 022 Jordan L. Mott
  • P.S. 64 Pura Belpre (not in Renewal, phasing out)
  • J.H.S. 080 The Mosholu Parkway


  • Automotive High School
  • P.S. 328 Phyllis Wheatley

“Struggling,” with a two-year deadline:


  • Henry Street School for International Studies
  • Marta Valle High School (not in Renewal program)
  • P.S. 015 Roberto Clemente
  • Frederick Douglass Academy II (not in Renewal program)
  • P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson


  • Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School (not in Renewal program)
  • Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies
  • New Explorers High School
  • Young Leaders Elementary School (not in Renewal program)
  • Banana Kelly High School
  • Bronx Mathematics Preparatory School
  • Herbert H. Lehman High School
  • Hunts Point School
  • M.S. 301 Paul L. Dunbar
  • Bronx High School of Business
  • DreamYard Preparatory School
  • I.S. 219 New Venture School
  • I.S. 313 School of Leadership Development
  • I.S. 339
  • New Millennium Business Academy Middle School
  • Angelo Patri Middle School
  • DeWitt Clinton High School
  • Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology
  • P.S. 085 Great Expectations
  • Bronx High School for the Visual Art (not in Renewal program)
  • Bronxwood Prep Academy (not in Renewal program)
  • Globe School for Environmental Research
  • School of Diplomacy
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School
  • Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design
  • P.S. 092
  • School of Performing Arts


  • MS 596 Peace Academy
  • Foundations Academy
  • Juan Morel Campos Secondary School
  • Boys and Girls High School
  • M.S. 584
  • W.E.B. DuBois Academic High School (not in Renewal program)
  • East Flatbush Community Research School
  • Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School
  • FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety (not in Renewal program)
  • Aspirations Diploma Plus High School (not in Renewal program)
  • P.S. 165 Ida Posner
  • P.S. 298 Dr. Betty Shabazz


  • Grover Cleveland High School (not in Renewal program)
  • Flushing High School
  • Martin Van Buren High School
  • August Martin High School
  • John Adams High School
  • M.S. 053 Brian Piccolo
  • Richmond Hill High School
  • J.H.S. 008 Richard S. Grossley
  • P.S. 111 Jacob Blackwell
  • Bushwick Leaders’ High School for Academic Excellence (not in Renewal program)
  • J.H.S. 291 Roland Hayes

call for more

Almost half of Detroit district schools don’t have a gym teacher. Next year, that may change.

Students during PE class at Lyn Knoll Elementary School in 2016 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

Since 10-year-old Hezekiah Haynesworth moved to his new school in the Detroit district, he’s always up out of his seat, talking to classmates and getting into trouble.

His mother, Victoria, says he wasn’t always like this. She believes he has nowhere to burn off excess energy because Bagley Elementary doesn’t offer students enough time for gym class or recess.

Bagley Elementary is one of 49 schools in the district without a gym teacher. Out of the 106 schools in the district, only 57 have at least one certified, full-time physical education teacher, according to data obtained by Chalkbeat.

The district employs 68 certified full-time physical education teachers for its student population of 50,875. More than 15,000 Detroit schoolchildren attend a school without a full time physical education teacher.

In Michigan, there are no laws requiring schools to offer recess. As for physical education, schools are required to offer the class, but the amount of time isn’t specified, which means some kids, like Hezekiah, might only go once a month or less.

“He’s had behavior issues, but if he had the gym time there’s different activities he would do to burn off energy,” she said. “They would get that anxiety and fidgetiness out of them.”

Haynesworth might get her wish. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti announced earlier this month that there’s money in the budget to put gym teachers back in schools, along with art and music teachers and guidance counselors next school year, though the budget plan has not yet been approved.

“Not every student is provided an opportunity for physical education or gym” right now, Vitti said at a meeting earlier this month.

The district has almost 200 teacher vacancies, and giving schools money for a gym teacher doesn’t mean a school will be able to hire one.

But Vitti said he has several efforts in the works, like more recruiting trips and better hiring practices, to address the difficulties of finding and bringing in new employees.

Detroit is not the only district that has cut back on physical education teachers in recent years. At a time when schools are heavily judged by how well students perform on math and reading exams, some schools have focused their resources on core subjects, cutting back on the arts and gym and cutting recess to make more time for instruction and test prep. But experts say that approach is short-sighted.

Research on the importance of physical activity in schools has reached a consensus — physical education improves children’s focus and makes them better students.

“Available evidence suggests that mathematics and reading are the academic topics that are most influenced by physical activity,” according to a 2013 federal report.

The link between physical education and improved reading is especially important for the Detroit district. Educators are working in high gear, in part pushed by Vitti, to prepare for the state’s tough new law that will go into effect in 2020, requiring third-graders who don’t read at grade level to be held back.

This year, the Michigan Department of Education has started to include data on physical education in schools into its school scoring system, which allows parents to compare schools. A separate score for physical education might push schools to hire physical education teachers.

Whether the state’s new emphasis on gym class or Vitti’s proposal to place a gym teacher in each district school is enough to put physical activity back in the schools is unclear, but Hezekiah’s mom Victoria desperately hopes it happens.

Hezekiah is given 45 minutes to each lunch, and if he finishes early, he’s allowed to run with the other children who finished early. If he doesn’t eat quickly enough to play, Victoria says she can expect a call about his disruptive behavior.

“I used to think that my son was just a problem — that it was just my problem,” she said. “But it’s a system problem. They don’t have the components they should have in the school.”

See which schools have gym teachers below.

Out of the game

The businessman who went to bat for apprenticeships is out of Colorado’s governor’s race

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Donna Lynne, Noel Ginsburg and Cary Kennedy at a candidate forum hosted by the Colorado Association of School Boards. (Photo by Nic Garcia)

Noel Ginsburg, an advocate for apprenticeships and a critic of Colorado’s teacher effectiveness law, has withdrawn from the Democratic race for governor.

Ginsburg, a businessman who had never run for office before, always faced a tough road to the nomination. He announced Tuesday that he would not continue with the petition-gathering or assembly process after his last place finish in the caucus, where he got 2 percent of the vote.

In an interview with The Denver Post, Ginsburg said, “I don’t believe I have the resources to be fully competitive.”

Just last month, Ginsburg released an education platform that called for the repeal of Colorado’s teacher effectiveness law, the signature legislative achievement of former state Sen. Mike Johnston, also a candidate for governor.

Ginsburg runs CareerWise, an apprenticeship initiative of Gov. John Hickenlooper that allows students to earn money and college credit while getting on-the-job experience starting in high school. His platform called for expanding apprenticeship programs and getting businesses more involved in education.

He also promised to lead a statewide effort to change the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights to allow the state to retain more revenue and send much of it to schools. He said that schools, not roads, should be the top priority of Colorado’s next governor.

Ginsburg will continue at the head of CareerWise, as well as Intertech Plastics, the company he founded.

Johnston, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne have all turned in signatures to place their names on the ballot. Former Treasurer Cary Kennedy, who has the endorsement of two teachers unions, is not gathering signatures and will need at least 30 percent of the vote at the assembly to appear on the ballot. Kennedy finished in first place at the caucus earlier this month.