Bronx residents unhappy with the approval of a plan to end social promotion

Many Bronx residents are unhappy about the passing of Mayor Bloomberg's plan to end social promotion.

Council of School Supervisors President Jill Levy and New York City Comptroller William Thompson are among many that disagree with the vote, which forced the resignation of three panel members.

Several people that attended the meeting have called the vote illegitimate because for the resignations. Some parents and the City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus are considering legal action to block the new policy from taking effect.

The mayor and NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein defended their actions of forcing the resignations. They believe they had the right to expect their appointees to side with their plan.

One of the panel members who voted against the plan was Bronx Representative Natalie Gomez-Velez. She said the evidence did not show a difference between the promotion or non-promotion of the students. The Bronx panel member even tried to delay the vote, but her motion failed.

The third-grade students will take the math and English tests in April. A student could be held back after failing the test if they do not clear an appeal or retake the test and pass after summer school.

Eight of the 13 panel members are appointed by the mayor, the other five are appointed by the borough presidents.

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