The DOE added 14 more public schools to the list of schools it plans to close by the end of the year, bringing the total number of closures up to 26. The schools all seem to have below-average graduation rates, but NY1 notes that almost all of them have seen poverty rates and number of homeless students increase recently. Public hearings on the closures begin in January, and UFT President Michael Mulgrew reluctantly said, "At least they're answering questions this time and going to the schools to try to figure things out ahead of time." Progress!