NYC’s Panel For Education Policy Votes To Close 18 Schools At Boisterous Public Meeting

All 5 Boroughs Impacted; Middle School Grades To Be Phased Out At 5 Schools

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The crowd was loud and riled up inside Brooklyn Technical High School on Thursday night — mostly protesting a plan to close or partially close 23 New York City schools.

However, in the end, the Panel for Educational Policy voted to close 18 schools and eliminate the middle school grades at five others, which are considered failing.

Chaos erupted as a defiant crowd rallied inside Brooklyn Tech.  Hundreds packed the auditorium trying to block the vote.  There were parents, students and members of “Occupy the Department of Education” at the school. They said Mayor Michael Bloomberg should be fixing the city’s schools, not closing them, 1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer reported.

1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer reports

“I’m angry and I’m frustrated. I am afraid for the future of my child’s life,” said one mother at the hearing.

“Do not close the schools — Let Mr. Bloomberg know…Our schools [are] for education, not to make money,” added parent Jose Ferruzola.

The panel, controlled by Mayor Bloomberg, struggled to hear public comments over the booming chants — some led by members of the group calling themselves Occupy the Department of Education, CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.

Extra police were on hand in case the crowd got out of control.

Earlier, hundreds marched in protest outside the high school. Though clearly outnumbered, some parents like Frank Manning said closing the schools is the right move.

“If we continue to let these schools to stay open when they’re failing, then we’re not going to get nowhere. Our kids are always going to be left out and the minority of groups will have nothing in the future,” he said.

“It’s time to give the children of New York City a chance to succeed by shutting down the drop out factories,” parent Bill Weeks added.

The following schools will be phased out and closed:


  • Gateway School For Environmental Research and Technology
  • Jane Addams High School For Academic Careers
  • Samuel Gompers Career And Technical Education High School
  • Grace Dodge Career And Technical Education High School
  • Aspire Preparatory Middle School


  • P.S. 019 Roberto Clemente
  • General D. Chappie James Elementary School of Science
  • International Arts Business School
  • Satellite Three
  • Middle School For The Arts
  • J.H.S. 296 The Anna Gonzalez Community School
  • P.S. 22
  • Academy Of Business And Community Development


  • Legacy School For Integrated Studies
  • Manhattan Theatre Lab High School
  • Washington Irving High School


  • P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott

Staten Island:

  • P.S. 014 Cornelius Vanderbilt

These schools will have their middle school grades eliminated:


  • Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship


  • P.S. 298 Betty Shabazz
  • Frederick Douglass Academy IV
  • PS 161 The Crown
  • Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School
  • The Realist

    Of course, the crowd was just wasting its collective breath, because yelling from their seats DOES NOT count as “testimony” and IS NOT reflected in the official record of the hearing. Only testimony that is actually spoken at the microphone, or submitted in writing before or during the hearing, will ever become part of the record.

  • Larry Moran

    Everyday week i walked into local store to buy a lottory ticket
    and every week i see they added a new one, hundreds and hundreds of new
    ones, all the time. Michael Bloomberg made a statement 3 weeks ago, that
    nyc broke a tourist record this year. were is all this money going Michael.

    • The Realist

      The lottery is run by the STATE (not the City), so all that money goes to the STATE. Of course, you already knew that.

  • evelyn rodriguez

    In 4 to 6 years if your schools have the same drop out rates do we get our schools back?
    Embracing all Bronx HS(s)

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