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Knowledge and Power Prep Spared From Closure

On the eve of a meeting that would have discussed the school's closure, KAPPA VII will now remain open.

Bed-Stuy’s poorly performing Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VII will be spared from closing after all, reports the New York Times.

After three weeks of public hearings and protests, KAPPA VII, as well as Harlem’s Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts were given a second chance on the eve of a meeting that would have decided their fate, says the Times. They were the only two schools out of 25 to be granted reprieve.

KAPPA VII’s principal, Lisa Reiter, only joined on at the school in the fall, and will be given more time to turn the school around, according to the article.

In March of last year, Patch reported that KAPPA VII would stand to lose 15 percent of its teachers in a budget-slashing effort to close the city’s deficit.

And in September, the school made the list of New York City’s top twenty struggling schools (for the second year in a row).

Wadleigh, in Harlem, will get a new principal, and will be on the hook for boosting middle school enrollment rates, says the Times

Tonight, a panel overseeing New York City education policy will decide the fate of 23 other schools, two more of them in Bed-Stuy: The Academy of Business and Community Development (ABCD) and Frederick Douglas Academy.

Adam Mendola February 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM
This is a picture of Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School's sign, not KAPPA's.

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