BROOKLYN - The Panel for Educational Policy has approved the closure of 22 low-performing schools citywide, including eight in Brooklyn.

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 Freedom Academy High School, General D. Chappie James Middle School of Science, J.H.S. 166, J.H.S. 302, P.S. 73, P.S. 167, P.S. 174 and Sheepshead Bay High School.

The panel cited low test scores for the decision to close or phase-out the schools. In last year's DOE progress report, P.S. 167 was scored at a D level, earning just more than 25 points out of 100.