Only a decade after it’s opening, the Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications in South Bronx is closing it’s doors. The school, which began five years after the 1997 shooting of Time Warner chairman Jonathan Levin, has seen a dramatic decrease in funding, applications, and graduation rates over the last few years, according to the New York Times.
The Levin school strived to help the needs and desire of poor students, the population that Levin used to work with. The school recently installed metal detectors at the entrances to help combat the feeling of being unsafe that many students claimed. In the last few years, many students at the school arrived from the Dominican Republic and spoke no English and many of these students left in the middle of the year, many not coming back at all. The graduation rate fell to 31 percent and financial challenges grew.
Since taking office in 2002, Bloomberg has closed 142 schools and plans to close 24 more this year.