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Teachers Suing NYC Over School Closings

Teachers Suing NYC Over School Closings

Teachers Suing NYC Over School Closings Schplook, flickr

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It's not the first time the United Federation of Teachers has sued over school closures.

Unions representing New York City's teachers and principals are suing to stop the closing of 24 schools.

It's the third year in a row that the United Federation of Teachers has sued the city over school closures for different reasons. The union won the first case, and the second is still pending.

On Monday, UFT lawyer Adam Ross called the closings a "sham," with little being changed at the schools except their identification numbers.

Ross says that if the city isn't legitimately closing the schools, it can't claim that's what it's doing and hire new teachers.

Department of Education spokesman Matt Mittenthal says that the new schools will have different names and programs than the closed schools, and may have mostly new teachers.