In May Inside Schools said that "there are fewer fights than there once were
" at H.S. 440 aka Bayard Rustin Educational Complex, but "the level of academic achievement still has a long way to go." Apparently it didn't go far nor fast enough: today the Board of Ed announced that the F-graded
school on West 18th Street will be shut down
. The giant facility, serving more than 1,500 students, had been reorganized into "learning communities
" that, it was hoped, would make for a better and less impersonal learning environment. Still, the school remained troubled
and last year less than half its seniors graduated. The school will stop accepting ninth-graders and will graduate its last class in 2012.
The DOE says several smaller schools will open in Rustin's building -- in fact, two such schools, Humanities Prep and the James Baldwin School, are already in there somewhere.