A bit before midnight, more than three months after the idea was proposed, the Panel for Educational Policy voted to reconstitute two dozen city schools by closing them, replacing most of their staff members and reopening them with new names.
Come summer, Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical High School, Herbert H. Lehman High School, Banana Kelly High School, J.H.S. 22 Jordan L. Mott, I.S. 339, Bronx High School of Business, J.H.S. 80 Mosholu Parkway, M.S. 391 Angelo Patri Middle School, Fordham Leadership Academy and J.H.S. 142 John Philip Sousa, all in the Bronx; Automotive High School, Sheepshead Bay High School, John Dewey High School, John Ericsson Middle School 126 and J.H.S. 166 George Gershwin, all in Brooklyn; Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School and High School of Graphic Communication Arts, in Manhattan; and August Martin High School, Flushing High School, Long Island City High School, William Cullen Bryant High School, John Adams High School, Newtown High School and Richmond Hill High School, in Queens — will no longer exist.
In their place will be new schools, with staffs chosen by teams of administrators and teachers.
As Gotham Schools reported on Twitter on Thursday night, after the meeting ended, Shael Polakow-Suransky, the city’s chief academic officer, said he had faith in the hiring teams. “They will choose the strongest teacher available in that process,” Gotham Schools wrote.
And, Mr. Polakow-Suransky said, “It is not working for hundreds and thousands of kids across these schools, and we want to change it.”
The vote by the Panel for Educational Policy was the end of a prolonged process, a day of drama and a very long, emotional night. Six hours of testimony and discussion, covered live by Gotham Schools and SchoolBook on Twitter, took place on the Prospect Heights Campus in Brooklyn, before it ended suddenly with the vote.