THE BRONX - The Panel for Educational Policy has approved the closure of 22 low-performing schools citywide, including seven in the Bronx.

According to the New York Post, the Department of Education's (DOE) final vote came through at around 1 a.m. from a public hearing that began at 6 p.m. the previous night.

The affected schools are Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications, M.S. 142, M.S. 203, the Performance Schools, P.S. 50, P.S. 64 and P.S. 230.

The schools slated for closure will not accept new students. They will phase out one grade at a time until completely closing in the 2014-15 school year.