- A long Monday night meeting ended with Panel for Educational Policy members approving the phasing out of 22 low-performing public schools in a 1:09 a.m. vote Tuesday.
- Brooklyn's Freedom Academy High School and Manhattan's M.S. 45/STARS Prep Academy will close by the end of the current school year, while the other 20--in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx--will be phased out over time.
- The panel also approved the new schools that will replace those being phased out.
From the article:
... Members of the panel, a majority of whom are appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have the final say on schools that the Department of Education wants phased out because of low performance ratings.
"What we're doing is planning for the future and making sure that we build successful schools," said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott before the vote. "We have a proven track record of those schools that have been poor-performing schools, replacing them with schools that perform at a high level." ...