Congressman Adriano Espaillat Statement on the Decision to Keep High School for Health Careers and Sciences Open

March 1, 2018
Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement after the decision by the Department of Education to reverse its proposal to close the High School for Health Careers and Sciences, a Washington Heights high school.

“Today’s decision to keep Health Careers open for another year and in the renewal program is a victory for students, families and our community. School is more than just a place where kids learn. School is a place where kids grow as individuals,” said Rep. Espaillat. “Last night, students testified that they travel over 90 minutes each way to get to Health Careers just because of the environment it offers them, and their voices were heard. The High School for Health Careers and Sciences has shown improvement in several factors since being included into the Renewal School program. Programs at this school help prepare students for jobs in our community.

“I look forward to working with neighborhood institutions, such as New York Presbyterian, Yeshiva University, and Columbia University Medical Center to help bolster the quality of the STEM education offered in the school. Thank you to the parents and each of the community leaders who worked on this effort – Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for their help in ensuring that the Panel for Educational Policy heard the voices of our parents, teachers, and students.

“My office will continue to provide additional resources and funding to ensure Health Careers continues to make progress, and I look forward to continuing this effort until the High School for Health Careers and Sciences becomes the model of achievement and success for all schools within the district.” 

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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