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theschoolboards
02-02-2011, 09:58 AM
This from the N.Y. Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/02/nyregion/02panel.html) by Fernanda Santos:
After six hours of public testimony, the Panel for Educational Policy voted early on Wednesday to close 10 city high schools and open a new charter school in the heart of the Upper West Side.

The panel’s 13 members were deeply divided, and their decisions came after heated debate, punctuated by catcalls and jeers from the audience. In the end, though, the panel did exactly as the Bloomberg administration had expected. With that, it delivered another victory to the city’s efforts to rid the system of failing schools while expanding the size and reach of charter schools, which are publicly financed but privately run.

The votes capped a meeting that drew nearly 2,000 people to the Brooklyn Technical High School auditorium and included statements from some 300 speakers. Some of them screamed and taunted Schools Chancellor Cathleen P. Black, until she could not take it any longer.

“I cannot speak if you are shouting,” Ms. Black said after a member of the panel asked her a question and the crowd booed as one of her deputies offered to respond.

“We have studied these very difficult proposals for the better part of two years,” she said. “It has been a very difficult process.”

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The 10 high schools being closed are:
Brooklyn:
• Metropolitan Corporate Academy High School
• Paul Robeson High School

Bronx:
• School for Community Research and Learning
• Urban Assembly Academy for History and Citizenship for Young Men
• New Day Academy
• Monroe Academy for Business/Law High School

Manhattan:
• Academy of Environmental Science Secondary High School
• I.S. 195 Roberto Clemente
• KAPPA II
• Academy of Collaborative Education