FORT GREENE - The Department of Education voted Tuesday on whether to close underperforming schools in Brooklyn.

The votes were being tallied overnight. Brooklyn students say they'll be the ones who ultimately suffer if the schools are shut down. The vote by the Panel for Educational Policy will decide the fate of 19 schools across the city.

Advocates say the Brooklyn schools on the chopping block have a disproportionately high number of high-needs students and should be given more resources to better serve them.

Five of those schools are in Brooklyn: Paul Robeson High School, Middle School for Academic and Social Excellence, Metropolitan Corporate Academy, Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School and P.S. 332.