The decision will close two schools – M.S. 45/STARS Prep Academy in Manhattan and Freedom Academy High School in Brooklyn – by the end of this school year. The remaining 20 will be phased out several years.
The voting came at the end of a long Monday night meeting, with the final tally coming at 1:09 a.m. Tuesday.
The panel also approved new schools to replace the schools they are closing, and co-locations of schools to fill the soon-to-be vacated buildings.
The affected schools are in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.