MS 399 in Fordham is being phased out by the DOE (File photo by A. Watkins)
Rob Sgobbo, a former BxNN intern who's now a student at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, has been blogging in the Huffington Post about his experiences at MS 399, where he's spent time these past few months talking to students and observing classes.
The school, on East 184th Street, is being phased out by the Department of Education - a decision the school community has criticized. For a long time, MS 399 was plagued by poor test scores, violence, and high staff turnover, but teachers and parents say a corner has been turned in recent years.
That sentiment - that the school is on the up, and that the DOE acted rashly in ordering it closed - is one Rob, a former teacher himself, agrees with. You can read his posts here.
Two new schools - Creston Academy and East Fordham Academy for the Arts - moved into the building last fall. MS 399 has dropped a grade and will close for good in June 2011.