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Teachers union calls school closure option disheartening

Kasia Gregorczyk
December 06, 2017 09:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- News that four struggling schools in New Mexico may need to shut down is still garnering plenty of reaction. Three of those schools are in the Albuquerque Public Schools district.

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While these four schools have some big decisions to make, including potentially closing their doors, the teacher union says the announcement from the Public Education Department is disheartening.

The three struggling schools in Albuquerque are Hawthorne Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Los Padillas Elementary. The fourth is Dulce Elementary School in Dulce. State officials say the schools are chronically and consistently failing, but the Albuquerque Federation of Teachers believes the state could be doing more to help.

"We need to give the students opportunities that they don't have now. Community schools, we have that in Albuquerque. There should be ways in which we connect community services with the students and the families at the schools," union president Ellen Bernstein said. "We need to give extended time for kids to have more learning. We need to have enriching activities. We need to add supports, not taking away the people they know."

The PED has given those four schools four options. The most extreme option would be to close. Other options include reopening as a charter school, turning into a magnet school, or to significantly restructure the way the schools operate. That last option includes limiting who can teach there.

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