Friday, March 8, 2013

Senator Jeff Klein’s Statement on Decision to Keep Lehman High School Open

   "I am thrilled to hear that Lehman High School has been removed from the Department of Education’s proposed school closure list. Given that they're in the middle of a new turnaround program, Lehman should not have been on that list in the first place. When Lehman was first placed on the closure list, I wrote multiple letters to the Chancellor and delivered testimony, urging the DOE to keep Lehman open. During this process, students, parents, educators and community leaders came together to support Principal LoBianco and her vision for Lehman High School. Under the strong leadership of Principal Rose LoBianco, Lehman has been heading in the right direction. Given the turnaround program's initial success, we believe that Lehman should be given the opportunity to prove that it can be a success. This decision gives us the chance to work together to make Lehman great again for generations to come.”

   Councilman Jimmy Vacca was also very happy to hear that the DOE decided to keep Lehman High School open, and said so at his 39th annual Birthday Party last night. 


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