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Heartbreak, resignation after DOE panel votes to phase out seven Bronx schools



Emotional meeting on Monday night did not sway Panel for Education PolicyStudents discuss phase out of their school,  MS 142 John Philip

Students discuss phase out of their school, MS 142 John Philip

Reactions ranged from heartbreak to resignation Tuesday at Bronx schools after an education panel voted to phase them out beginning next school year.

The 13-member Panel for Educational Policy voted Monday night to shutter seven borough schools–among 22 in the city– and scale down DeWitt Clinton High School, after a long, emotional meeting in Brooklyn crowded with parents, students and teachers from across the city.

Don Cerrone, the head of Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications’ visual studies program, said he spoke at Monday’s meeting and had to break the news to some students the next day.

He said Levin’s closure was “heartbreaking and frustrating,” and he hoped the school’s media program would be spared.

The school is named for a teacher murdered by one of his students in 1997, and was a symbol of hope.

“We’ll see what happens,” Cerrone said. “We’re going to continue doing what we do. To me, that’s the professional thing to do and there is no other way.”


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