Panel votes to close 22 New York City public schools

March 12, 2013 1:36:34 PM PDT
An educational panel has voted to approve the closure of 22 low-performing schools in New York City.

The schools targeted for closure are in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan.

The vote by the Panel for Educational Policy came early Tuesday morning after a long and contentious meeting.

"We are constantly working with schools to improve their outcomes," Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said. "There are, unfortunately, some schools that just do not get better."

Officials say 142 schools have been shut down or approved for phase-out since 2002 when Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to office.

Angry parents and students challenged the decision at a meeting in Fort Greene. However, their demands to keep the schools open aren't likely to make a difference.

Two schools - M.S. 45/STARS Prep Academy in Manhattan and Freedom Academy High School in Brooklyn - will be closed by the end of this school year. The remaining 20 will be phased out over time.

List of Schools:

  • High School of Graphic Communication Arts
  • M.S. 45/S.T.A.R.S. Prep Academy
  • Choir Academy of Harlem
  • Bread & Roses Integrated Arts High School
  • M.S. 203
  • P.S. 064 Pura Belpre
  • Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications
  • MS 142 John Philip Sousa
  • Freedom Academy High School
  • P.S. 167 The Parkway
  • J.H.S. 166 George Gershwin
  • J.H.S. 302 Rafael Cordero
  • Sheepshead Bay High School
  • General D. Chappie James Middle School of Science
  • Law, Government and Community Service High School
  • J.H.S. 013 Jackie Robinson
  • Performance School
  • P.S. 230 Dr Roland N. Patterson
  • P.S. 050 Clara Barton
  • P.S. 174 Dumont
  • P.S. 073 Thomas S. Boyland
  • Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School