FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2008
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON PANEL FOR EDUCATION POLICY VOTE TO END EIGHTH GRADE SOCIAL PROMOTION
"For too long, eighth graders have simply been passed along to high school, even if they were far below grade level and at risk of dropping out. Tonight's vote will help ensure that these students will enter high school ready to succeed. We will continue to work with the City Council's Middle School Task Force, the Coalition for Educational Justice, and other stakeholders to make sure that we provide middle school students with the targeted academic support they need to meet our high standards and stay on track for high school and beyond."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958