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NY1 Report: Shuang Wen Under Investigation

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Tonight at 8pm, NY1 will broadcast a report calling into question many of the management practices at Shuang Wen, one of the neighborhood’s most popular schools. Here’s the preview NY1 has posted online:

P.S. 184 in the Lower East Side is one of the crown jewels of the city’s public school system, but an exclusive NY1 investigative report has uncovered many serious issues at the school. P.S. 184, known as the Shuang Wen School, is ranked seventh in the Department of Education’s recent rankings of elementary and middle schools. Yet NY1 has obtained extensive documentation suggesting extensive problems, from fraud to financial mismanagement to issues with the admission process and attendance records. When NY1 brought all this to the DOE’s attention, the department confirmed that it has nine open investigations into the school. Shuang Wen is the first public school in the country to teach in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Its program includes an extended day until 5:30 p.m. for all 600 students, including the pre-kindergarten classes. The results are impressive — even though 80 percent of students live below federal poverty guidelines, test scores are through the roof. The attendance rate is 99 percent, often the highest in the city. Yet despite all the success, Shuang Wen’s innovative model has been in jeopardy, and the school has taken some drastic and potentially unlawful measures to try to ensure its survival.

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