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In October, Council member Margaret Chin wrote a letter to the Department of Education urging them to keep P.S. 137 --an elementary school in Manhattan's Lower East Side -- open. The Council member also joined P.S. 137 parents and students for a rally in November in an attempt to keep the school's doors open.

Today, Chin was informed by the DOE that P.S. 137 will remain open, despite being identified by the Department Of Education in this year's progress report as "needing further examination and review" due to poor performance. Over the next few weeks, the school will be evaluated and a program of action will be implemented to help get the school on the road to success.

Council member Margaret Chin said, "I am happy that the DOE has demonstrated their commitment to this small neighborhood school. Our schools do not need phase-outs, they need support. Principal Rodriguez knows where her school's weaknesses lie, and she has demonstrated a willingness to address those issues in a comprehensive manner. I lobbied the DOE to keep P.S. 137 open and my support for this important part of the Lower East Side community will not wane. We have a lot of work to do but I am confident that with the support of the DOE, P.S. 137s' future is bright."

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