Panel for Educational Policy
Under the current system, the mayor appoints the majority of members to the Panel for Educational Policy that votes on school policies.
The Panel for Educational Policy approved the phasing out of 22 schools in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan in a vote early Tuesday morning at a meeting at Brooklyn Tech High School.
A controversial school closure vote had emotions running high Monday evening at Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene.
Dozens of parents addressed the Panel for Educational Policy in Brooklyn Thursday night.
Aside from the effect the closings would have on students, another big concern is that only half of some 3,000 teaching jobs are expected to be restored once the replacement schools open.
Board members blame perennial poor performance but, they say, by redirecting the resources they can improve education across the City.
The panel, controlled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, struggled to hear public comments over the booming chants — some lead by members of the group calling themselves Occupy the Department of Education