Senator Michael Gianaris, a proud graduate of Long Island City High School, joined Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, fellow elected officials, students, parents and teachers to fight a DOE plan that would hurt the school. After attempting to close down the school altogether just last year, the DOE now wants to co-locate a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) school within LICHS. Senator Gianaris wrote a letter to the DOE opposing the plan earlier this month, and he spoke at LICHS during a public hearing on the plan and at a rally beforehand to give a voice to the community’s opposition to this ill-conceived idea.
“After failing to close our school entirely last year, DOE is now trying to achieve the same result surreptitiously despite LIC’s steady improvement,” said Senator Gianaris. “We should be celebrating the improvements this school has made and working to make LIC the best high school it can be. Putting tech programs in western Queens is a great idea; let’s make it happen in a way that helps our current students instead of cutting seats and making their classrooms even more crowded.”
Get all the info on the hearing from this story in the Queens Chronicle.