A popular Washington Heights school placed on the chopping block by the city’s Education Department has been spared from closing.
Dozens of parents and advocates rallied outside of P.S. 132 Juan Pablo Duarte on Wadsworth Avenue Friday morning, shouting “Sí se puede” less than a month after they called on the Department to Education to scrap plans to close the school.
“We raised our voices and we were heard,” said Judith Amaro, president of Community Education Council District 6. “Now it’s time for us to raise them even higher.”
Added Amaro: “No compromises for our children.”
Juan Pablo Duarte was one of 36 schools eyed for closure by the Department of Education in October. The community rallied around the school, holding several protests and arguing that the school, which has a high percentage of English Language Learner (ELL) students, was being unfairly judged.