New York City DOE General Counsel Michael Best celebrating with staff.

This story, which initially broke on  Gotham Schools and New York City School Parents websites,  is going under the category of “Atrocities” in the right hand column of this website.

Below is the invitation sent out by Marc Sternberg who is responsible for opening and closing schools in New York City. Unfortunately he doesn’t seem to understand the larger picture in terms of how school closings impact students, families and their neighborhoods or maybe he just doesn’t care.

Subject: Happy Hour!

When: Friday, July 22, 2011 5:00 PM-7:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Where: Tribeca Tavern, 247 West Broadway

Last night:

New York Supreme Court Justice Paul Feinman denied the UFT and NAACP’s request for a preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Education from moving forward to close 22 failing schools and co-locate 15 public charter schools in DOE buildings. The judge’s ruling allows the DOE to move forward with the closings and co-locations.


Come join us for a drink to honor this important moment for New York City’s public school families! Please forward – all are welcome!

I really don’t see anything to celebrate but Marc apparently does.

Here’s a video of Sternberg being asked a few questions about the closings and his celebration of it.