THE BRONX - The Department of Education (DOE) has put five Bronx schools on its chopping block.

The DOE first identified 60 struggling schools back in November, but narrowed down that number to 17 citywide after receiving feedback from local communities. Officials want to phase out or shut down those schools, and warn that more will be added to the list.

The decision has come under fire from teachers and parents who complain that up to 140 schools have been shuttered since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office.

The Bronx schools in danger are Lehman High School, Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Mass Communications, M.S. 203, M.S. 142 John Philip Sousa and P.S. 064 Pura Belpre.