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School closing leaves Sotomayor ‘heartbroken’

School-aged Sotomayor

As Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor tours the country to promote her new autobiography, which recounts her humble upbringing in the Bronx, she’s also mourning the closing of her childhood school.

The Blessed Sacrament School, one of several Catholic schools scheduled to be shuttered for budgetary reasons, was a haven for budding Supreme Court justice, Sotomayor told the New York Times.

“I’m heartbroken,” Sotomayor said about the closing. “You know how important those eight years were? It’s symbolic of what it means for all our families, like my mother, who were dirt-poor. She watched what happened to my cousins in public school and worried if we went there, we might not get out. So she scrimped and saved. It was a road of opportunity for kids with no other alternative.”

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