The controversial charter school chain welcomed its first kindergartners at its new location.
The school would replace Norman Thomas High School, which is being phased out due to poor performance.
The charter school chain is looking to open a new elementary school in the Washington Irving campus.
Teachers said they plan to fight against the opening of a charter school inside the building.
Bill Thompson called for a moratorium on school closures during a panel discussion Tuesday.
Critics of Success Academy charter school said Manhattan's District 2 is already overcrowded.
The Panel for Educational Policy voted to close 23 schools despite protests from parents and advocates.
The century-old Washington Irving High School was among 23 schools the panel has now voted to close.
At a public meeting, parents, teachers and students pleaded with the DOE not to close Washington Irving.
Washington Irving High supporters rallied in Union Square on Wednesday to save the school.
Washington Irving High School in Gramercy is among the latest schools to be marked for closure.
The city has added Washington Irving High School to list of failing schools on slate to close.
The Department of Education has taken the first step toward closure for nine Manhattan public schools.
Manhattan's high schools received more "F's" and fewer "A's" this year, according to new progress reports released by the city's Department of Education Monday.
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