Arbitrator Scott Buchheit has issued an award, with an opinion to follow, concluding that the City of New York violated its contracts with the United Federation of Teachers and the Council of School Supervisors in connection with its plan to close and reopen 24 schools. In accord with his finding the arbitrator ordered the remedy the parties had stipulated should a violation be found. The City has stated it intends to appeal the arbitrator’s award. The New York Times has an article about the decision, Mediator Halts City’s Plan to Overhaul 24 Schools, and links to the award here. The teachers at the closing schools will be given the opportunity to stay at their current schools, even if the school changes names.
GothamSchools links to Arbitrator Bucheit's Opinion here.