The city reversed its plan to shutter the school after advocates argued students are performing too well to justify closure.
The school’s enrollment fell from 102 students to 82 for this year. Keeping doors open and offering a full range of programs is more difficult than at large schools where maintenance costs less per student. 92% of students are black or Hispanic.
But Eubie Blake is in the 83rd percentile and is one of the best-performing schools in District 16.
“The school is doing extremely well for an extremely high-need school population,” said Leonie Haimson, executive director of the advocacy group Class Size Matters, who has pushed to keep P.S. 25 open.
What’s surprising is that the local education council in this case originally supported the plan to close the school in 2017. However, the District 16 parent council president, NeQuan McLean, said the council now supports the decision to keep the school open. According to Chalkbeat, McLean said the change of heart was due to assurances from department officials that they would assist with a plan to help attract families to the school and support other schools in the district.
“This gives P.S. 25 clarity and stability moving forward," Doug Cohen said. "We’re excited to continue our work with the school to support a high-quality and sustainable learning environment."