BROOKLYN - The City Education Panel held a vote Tuesday night at Prospect Heights High School to co-locate several charter schools inside public schools.

The DOE voted to move 17 charter schools, five of them brand new, into traditional public schools and share the space. The vote came on the same night the two mayoral candidates debated the issue of charter schools.

Democrat Bill de Blasio says some charter schools should be paying rent to co-locate in public schools, and Republican Joe Lhota opposed the idea.

Parents, teachers and students rallied for their cause, but many who attended the hearing fear co-location will take away programming, funding and also have a negative effect on education. DOE officials say that simply is not true.

The plan will move forward in the next school year.