From The New York Daily News: New York City’s Panel for Educational Policy has voted to close another 12 struggling schools. The decision follows the panel’s action earlier this week to close 10 school. The latest vote came after a tumultuous six hour meeting disrupted by a raucous crowd of angry protestors. More than half the 2,000 parents, teachers and students at Brooklyn Tech High School chanted, booed and banged drums early in the explosive meeting, halting proceedings for 30 minutes. The rabble-rousers walked out and continued their demonstration outside.
ALSO...From The New York Times: It has become an annual event in New York City: the rowdy, ear-splitting, all-night, midwinter meetings at which failing schools get closed.
EARLIER...from The New York Times: New York City’s Panel for Educational Policy has voted to close 10 city high schools and open a new charter school in the heart of the Upper West Side neighborhood. 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 Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 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.