(12/18/06) BROOKLYN ? Members of the Brooklyn community say the Department of Education (DOE) kept residents completely in the dark before it announced the closure of three area high schools.

The Department of Education has targeted Tilden, Lafayette and South Shore high schools for closure due to poor performance. However, Brooklyn residents say they should have had more of a say in the decision. They claim the DOE kept them in the dark and made the move without their input.

The DOE has met with parents and teachers at Lafayette and Tilden about the decision. They plan to meet with South Shore Monday night. However, some in the community believe that move is too little, too late. They say the DOE has created tensions and suspicions by not consulting parents and the community about the closures.

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