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Panel Votes To Close 24 NYC Schools Despite Protests From Parents, Teachers

(credit: CBS 2)

(credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A New York City education panel has voted to close and overhaul 24 under-performing schools despite protests from angry parents and teachers.

Dozens of parents addressed the Panel for Educational Policy in Brooklyn Thursday night. The panel also heard from Brooklyn’s Borough President Marty Markowitz who urged the city to help the schools and not remove teachers and administrators.

“Give them the resources, give them the tutors, work with the parents to help them keep their kids accountable and we can turn these school around,” Markowitz said.

Two schools that were on the list, however, were saved.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Thursday that Grover Cleveland High School in Queens and Bushwick Community High School in Brooklyn have both demonstrated an ability to continue their improvements.

This summer, 10 schools will close in the Bronx, seven in Queens, five in Brooklyn and two in Manhattan.

The schools designated for closing will reopen in the fall under new names and all the teachers working at those schools will have to reapply for their jobs and those who don’t make the cut will be fired.

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