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Ravitch: 2010 Closing of School for the Physical City Underscores Theme Schools' Fragility

Source: New York Daily News

New York City’s Department of Education announced in December that the School for the Physical City—a theme-based academy that uses city streets, bridges, and architecture to teach math, science, history, and art—would be closing in 2010.

Diane Ravitch says the demise of the school is instructive.

“It really goes to show how fragile these schools are,” Ravitch told the New York Daily News. “So many of these schools are dependent on one person with a big idea who brings people together, but they don’t survive when that person leaves.”