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Panel Meets To Decide Fate Of 20 NYC Schools

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A controversial school closure vote had emotions running high Monday in Brooklyn.

The fate of 20 schools in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens hung in the balance when the Panel for Educational Policy began its meeting at Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene.

The meeting attracted big crowds and many speakers, but a final vote on the resolution was not expected until midnight at the earliest, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.

Members of the PEP were charged with making the final decisions on the schools the Department of Education is seeking to phase out, citing low performance.

Monday night’s vote was to decide the future of the following schools:

Brooklyn:
• General D. Chappie James Middle School of Science, 76 Riverdale Ave.;
• J.H.S. 166 George Gershwin, 800 Van Siclen Ave.;
• J.H.S. 302 Rafael Cordero, 350 Linwood St.;
• P.S. 073 Thomas S. Boyland, 251 MacDougal St.;
• P.S. 167 The Parkway, 1025 Eastern Pkwy.;
• P.S. 174 Dumont, 574 Dumont Ave.;
• Sheepshead Bay High School, 3000 Avenue X.

The Bronx:
• Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications, 240 E. 172nd St.;
• M.S. 203, 339 Morris Ave.;
• M.S. 142 John Philip Sousa, 3750 Baychester Ave.;
• P.S. 064 Pura Belpre. 1425 Walton Ave.;
• P.S. 230 Dr. Roland N. Patterson, 275 Harlem River Park Bridge;
• P.S. 050 Clara Barton, 1550 Vyse Ave.;
• Performance School, 750 Concourse Village West.

Manhattan:
• Bread & Roses Integrated Arts High School, 6 Edgecombe Ave.;
• Choir Academy of Harlem, 2005 Madison Ave.;
• High School of Graphic Communication Arts, 439 W. 49th St.;
• J.H.S. 013 Jackie Robinson, 1573 Madison Ave.

Queens:
• Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School, 207-01 116th Ave.;
• Law, Government and Community Service High School, 207-01 116th Ave.

Last week, the DOE removed Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx and P.S. 140 Edward K. Ellington in Queens from the list of potential closures.

The DOE has also proposed to phase out middle school grades at both Academy for Social Action, A College Board School in Manhattan and P.S. 156 Laurelton in Queens. The agency said both schools were improving academically.

The meeting was to also feature the first vote on a resolution calling for a moratorium on school locations and co-locations.

Some mayoral hopefuls, including former city comptroller Bill Thompson, were to be in attendance Monday evening.

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