Schools chancellor welcomes BK students back to class

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein visited a Brooklyn high school Tuesday to welcome students back to a revamped school system.Klein stopped by the West Brooklyn Community

BROOKLYN - Schools Chancellor Joel Klein visited a Brooklyn high school Tuesday to welcome students back to a revamped school system.

Klein stopped by the West Brooklyn Community High School, which opened in 2006, as part of a five-borough tour. He gave students and educators a pep talk and praised the "transfer school," which serves dropouts or chronically truant students.

The Department of Education hopes to see more success stories this year since it reformed the system with a budget in the billions of dollars.

Since last school year, the city has opened 40 new schools, creating 3,700 classroom seats. A new science curriculum is in effect for students in third through sixth grade. Some students can also look forward to payouts for passing exams.

Principals are enjoying widespread control with more accountability. Schools will receive performance grades starting in October.

Parents also have a special advocate to address concerns for each of the city's school districts.

New York City has an estimated 1.1 million schoolchildren.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Eliot Spitzer also toured facilities Tuesday.

AP wire reports contributed to this story.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: March to help seniors apply to college 1 VIDEO: March to help seniors apply to college
Brooklyn Weekend Travel Advisory, Dec. 10-11 2 Brooklyn Weekend Travel Advisory, Dec. 10-11
3 VIDEO: Interview with friend of East NY throat slashing victim
Check out these animals up for adoption. 4 Furry Friends for 12/9 - Animals for Adoption
Starting this weekend, a favorite holiday toy is 5 Lego World comes to Downtown Brooklyn

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Furry Friends is a weekly segment on News Furry Friends

Furry Friends is a weekly segment on News 12 Brooklyn nightside.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE