EAST NEW YORK - Parents and school advocates say they hope the arrest yesterday of a Brooklyn mother who was protesting against the Department of Education will usher in change.

Evelyn Torres, whose 6-year-old daughter attends primary school in East New York, was arrested in front of the DOE's headquarters in lower Manhattan. Torres was protesting because her child's school could be phased out.

"I'm extremely happy I went through with it, because I hope we got our point across to Mayor Bloomberg and the DOE so that they can give us what we need and not close our schools down," she says.