A Dept. of Education plan to close 19 poorly performing public schools and replace them with smaller schools and new teachers moved forward yesterday despite pleas from students, parents and teachers.

“I’m very upset,” said Lana Fraser, whose ninth-grade daughter dreams of fashion and is learning to sew at Brooklyn’s W.H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education School. “Her school has viable programs.”

Mayor Michael Bloom-berg said yesterday the only thing changing is management. “There’s no reason to continue a school that can’t provide a service,” he said.