Predominantly Black School In New York City Where Failure Rate Tops 70%, Tells ‘Smart’ Student’s Parent To Find Another School

Keisha Ellis poses in front of P.S. 147, the McNair Elementary School, in Queens. - Credit: Georgette Roberts/N.Y. Post


Find a better school for your son.

That’s the advice defeated teachers at beleaguered PS 147 in Cambria Heights, Queens, gave to mom Keisha Ellis when she asked about improving the 11-year-old boy’s performance.

“It’s frightening to hear that from a teacher talking to you about your son,” she told The Post. “They didn’t say they would work with him or try to address it, they just said we should leave.”

Ellis fears her boy will fail at his dream of becoming a lawyer if he stays at the failing school, where 70 percent of students can’t pass the state’s basic English exam despite the DOE spending nearly $25,000 per pupil.

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