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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:07 PM

Ailing Philadelphia District Plans to Close 37 Schools

PHILADELPHIA Like many public schools here, University City High School is underused, underfinanced and underperforming.

Nearly 80 percent of its 11th-grade students read below grade level in statewide tests this year, while 85 percent failed to make the grade in math. Last year, about only a quarter of its students participated in precollege testing like the SAT.

Largely because of the lure of local charter schools, the school is one-quarter full, with fewer than 600 students for its nearly 2,200 seats. It needs major work on its infrastructure, including lighting and heating systems, that would cost an estimated $30 million.

Now, facing deep financial problems, the Philadelphia School District has proposed an unprecedented downsizing that would close 37 campuses by June roughly one out of six public schools, including University City. If the sweeping plan is approved, the district says it will improve academic standards by diverting money used for maintaining crumbling buildings to hire teachers and improve classroom equipment.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/31/education/philadelphia-district-may-close-37-schools.html

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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:07 PM

1. public education in America is crumbling

 

it's a repuke wet dream

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 01:53 PM

2. school closings are just another tool used to union-bust & privatize. the rationales given are

 

cover stories.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:20 PM

3. Yeah, nobody could have foreseen that bleeding money from public to charter schools

would eventually result in bleeding the public schools out!

Right?


Right?


Is this thing on?

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