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How to not close 37 schools: A summary of alternate proposals

By the Notebook on Feb 13, 2013 04:56 PM

by Bill Hangley Jr.

The School District’s deadline for alternative community proposals for its closure plan has now passed, and all 38 proposals received have been posted on the District’s website.

The alternative plans represent a wide range of responses to the District’s recommendations. Some are highly detailed blueprints endorsed by powerful officeholders and complex proposals citing multiple partners, while others are brief plans from community groups and individuals.

One consistent theme: Many schools propose addressing under-utilization by expanding their program offerings or grade spans. Some suggest bringing in new schools to share their buildings. In a few cases, schools offer alternative plans that they believe are cost-neutral and will meet the District’s overall goal of saving money.

Some highlights of the 38 proposals:

  • In North and Northwest Philadelphia, local politicians have weighed in, calling for broad reconsideration of multiple aspects of the closure plan.

  • Seven of the 11 North Philadelphia elementary schools slated for closure -- Hill, Meade, Reynolds, Peirce, Pratt, Ferguson, and Duckrey -- have offered proposals to keep their schools open, often citing programs that could be expanded to attract new students while suggesting nearby schools that could be closed or reconfigured.

  • Several schools explicitly cite the desire to protect and expand university and nonprofit partnerships, such as Pepper Middle (in Southwest Philadelphia), which works with the University of Pennsylvania and the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, and McMichael Elementary (in Mantua), which hopes to work extensively with Drexel.

  • Two schools propose possibly relocating to the School of the Future: Communications Technology and University City high schools.

  • Neither Leeds nor Elverson military academy wants to move to Roosevelt Middle School. Each wants to stay where it is and have the other join it.

  • Two neighborhood high schools -- Germantown and Strawberry Mansion -- have offered detailed proposals to expand the use of their buildings to bring them to full utilization.

Superintendent William Hite has praised the alternative proposals and says the District is listening. Hite has already said that the District will revise its recommendation to close 37 schools and relocate seven others before submitting a final plan to the School Reform Commission, which is scheduled to vote on closures on March 7.

Hite, however, continues to stress that the District’s financial shortfall cannot be ignored, and that any changes will have to fit in its overall cost-cutting priorities.

What follows are brief summaries of the proposals.

The big plans

North Philadelphia Collaboration: Back to the drawing board
This seven-page proposal, signed by a long list of partners that includes state legislators and City Council President Darrell Clarke, calls for rethinking of the proposal to close 11 North Philadelphia elementary schools. Its many detailed recommendations include keeping Duckrey Elementary open, expanding Strawberry Mansion High School and neighboring L.P. Hill Elementary, and monitoring the remaining schools in order to better plan for any future closures. The proposal allows that some closures may be necessary, but recommends that “students … not be made to walk more than five blocks,” that “schools to which students are sent perform better academically,” and that “our list of recommendations take precedence over those proposed by district administrators.” The proposal calls for increasing overall enrollment by boosting academic programs, partnerships with city agencies, and other community services throughout the area’s schools.

Northwest Philadelphia legislator: Rethink my district 
State Rep. Cherelle Parker calls for multiple changes in the plans for her Northwest Philadelphia district. Her proposals include keeping McCloskey Elementary open and expanding it. In addition, she says, “I strongly advocate that the each school's current principal, teachers, and administrative/support staff be retained to insure a smooth transition.” (A separate plan from McCloskey parents proposes bringing the school to full capacity by making it a K-8.)

Multiple West Philadelphia plans 
Four separate plans deal with the proposed consolidation of Gompers and Overbrook Elementaries in the Beeber Middle School building. The “Wynnefield-Overbrook Community Proposal,” a seven-page plan signed by parents and teachers, calls for stepped-up programming in all three schools. Supporters of Gompers and Overbrook submitted their own proposals to boost attendance and overall use. An unsigned one-page proposal suggests keeping Gompers and Overbrook open and turning Beeber into a community recreation center.

Mama Gail: Reorganize the system 
Longtime education advocate “Mama” Gail Clouden’s Community Education Network submitted separate proposals for five different parts of the city. Rather than address individual closures in detail, Clouden’s proposals all offer the general outlines of an ambitious plan to reconfigure neighborhood schools, such as: “Change all Kindergarten through 8th grade schools to Kindergarten through 6th grade.”

Judith Robinson: One advocate’s vision for North Philadelphia
Resident Judith Robinson submitted a seven-page “Community Development Plan” calling for “magnet quality education” in all the area’s schools. The proposal requests that Elverson, Duckrey, Meade, L.P. Hill, and Strawberry Mansion High remain open. Other suggestions include lower class sizes, diversified curriculum, healthier school lunches, free vision tests for students, and the closure of low-performing charters. It also suggests that a share of the proceeds of building sales be dedicated to neighborhood student programs: “Since North Philly … will be most greatly impacted, we the Homeowners/Residents are demanding 50 percent of the proceeds of the sales of any buildings ... to enhance the education of our students.”

High schools

Germantown High: Expand to K-12 
The school’s proposal is among the most detailed, citing multiple partners. It proposes to bring the building to full utilization in part by closing nearby Fulton Elementary and moving it into Germantown’s “Fifties Wing,” an addition with separate entrances. An additional, short proposal from Fulton’s School Advisory Council supports the move to Germantown, and promises that parents will be willing to volunteer to help with the transition.

Strawberry Mansion: Become a multiple-use education complex 
This detailed plan proposes keeping the high school and nearby Hill Elementary open as part of the “Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre Educational Complex,” and bringing it to full utilization by bringing in adult and early-childhood education, community programs, a principal-training center and “a premier professional development center for the District.”

University City High: Expand, co-locate or relocate 
The UCHS Proposal Committee recommends bringing the school up to full utilization by adding a middle school or a second, small high school (such as nearby Robeson, or a charter school), along with other District and city programs. Alternatively, it suggests moving University City into another building, such as the School of the Future.  

Robeson: Expand or relocate 
A short proposal says the small school was “shocked” to find itself on the closure list and rejects the “misguided” proposal to relocate to Sayre High School: “Our phone survey of January 2013 has showed that fewer than 1 in 10 students will go to Sayre. Informally, many students have expressed intent to apply to charter schools, parochial schools, their neighborhood school, or even private schools.” The proposal reflects concerns about the motivation to close: “Perhaps it is our well maintained facility (our FCI is at .11) or the rising value of our property (desired by local universities).” The proposal suggests leaving Robeson where it is, or expanding it with University City High’s ESOL programs, or co-locating with another small high school (as opposed to a neighborhood high school like Sayre).

Dueling Philadelphia Military Academy (PMA) plans 
Supporters of both Leeds PMA and Elverson PMA  submitted plans rejecting the proposal to merge the two in Roosevelt Middle School, but disagree about which school should move. Two short proposals from Leeds recommend moving Elverson into Leeds; a detailed, 42-page plan from Elverson suggests that “the best alternative is to consolidate the two schools at the Elverson building.”

Communications Technology HS: Move to School of the Future, or downtown Rather than move CommTech’s audio-visual CTE program into century-old Bartram High in Southwest Philadelphia, CommTech supporters believe it would be “more cost effective” to move into West Philadelphia’s almost-new School of the Future. “Part of the retrofit at Bartram must include repairing an aging, leaking roof and removing asbestos,” along with expensive electrical work, the proposal says; moving to School of the Future would boost that school’s utilization, while offering easy citywide access to CommTech’s CTE programs. An alternate version of the same proposal suggests a move to the District’s central offices 440 North Broad.

Carroll HS: Keep us open 
A four-page proposal calls for keeping the school open, but adds, “If keeping us open is not a possibility, we propose that you move us, and not AMY 5 [a middle school], to Penn Treaty Middle School.”

Bok HS: One worried student 
A single Bok student submitted a one-page proposal questioning the rationale for closing and suggesting several alternatives, such as moving to Audenried HS, a charter-run, District-owned building. The author adds: “I would also like to know who will be answering my questions? Who? Where? When?”


Middle and elementary schools

Pepper Middle School: Add special admissions high school 
“Pepper Partners in Pride” submitted a 24-page proposal that calls for doubling the Southwest Philadelphia school’s size. The idea is to use Pepper to house a special-admissions high school focused on environmental science, along with evening adult education programs targeted at job-seekers aspiring to work at the airport and in related industries. The proposal cites Pepper’s extensive network of partnerships, and is signed by representatives of Heinz and the University of Pennsylvania.

McMichael Elementary: Partner with Drexel to develop Mantua 
A detailed, 24-page plan (complete with three-year strategic outline) submitted by the McMichael Community Home and School Association suggests that the half-full Mantua school stay where it is, as it is primed to expand and build on a partnership with nearby Drexel University. “We believe we have the partnerships and the resources needed to create a strong and successful school,” the proposal says. “We have also begun conversations with potential tenants for the underutilized first floor of the school.”

Meade Elementary: Become 'teacher led'
One of three North Philadelphia elementary schools slated to be relocated to Vaux, Meade’s short proposal calls for keeping the school open and allowing it to become a "teacher-led" turnaround. “We believe that the advantages of remaining in our current building at 18th and Oxford streets (convenient neighborhood location, child-friendly facility, program stability and continuity) far outweigh any benefits that may occur due to a relocation to the Vaux building.”

Reynolds Elementary: Renovate us, not Vaux 
This short proposal claims that “Vaux is not appropriate for elementary students. It is not cost effective to make accommodations to support small children.” The authors suggest renovating Reynolds and making Vaux a middle school; or moving Reynolds to Morris.

Alternative for the Middle Years (AMY) at Martin: Don't move us 
A one-page proposal praises the Lower Northeast school’s program and facilities and says that the proposed move to Penn Treaty Middle School would drive many parents out of the program. The proposal suggests that the 400-student school could easily expand to 500, but says the school has been frustrated in the past by other District decisions: “Last year we planned to expand … Conflicting and confusing changes in transportation policy played a major role in discouraging families from applying for our high-performing citywide admissions school. Other families found alternatives in charter and parochial schools … Keep AMY at the James Martin site!”

Peirce Elementary: Stay open 
This North Philadelphia school’s short proposal doesn’t call for any alternative, only asks that the school remain open. “The T. M. Peirce community has not been presented with any financial data that warrants closing our school. Our classrooms are not empty, we do not have vacant rooms, and we have an excellent Head Start Program …. We do not understand how closing this building is cost effective to the School District.”

Vare Elementary: Move Nebinger 
One-page proposal from the “Vare School Community” suggests that the South Philadelphia school, in “good condition,” could be spared if nearby Nebinger Elementary (in “poor condition”) was moved into Washington Elementary instead. The proposal claims that all three schools are about half-used and have comparable academic records.

Washington Elementary: Stay open 
The South Philadelphia school’s two-page proposal says, “The data speaks for itself -- we do not fit the mold of closure, rather we welcome expansion!”

Pratt Elementary: Stay open 
An eight-page proposal calls for keeping the North Philadelphia school open, bringing it to full capacity by opening a planned Early Childhood Center on the bottom floors.

Ferguson Elementary: Stay open 
The Ferguson School Coalition’s three-page request says, “We recommend keeping J.C. Ferguson open in anticipation of the increased enrollment as new families move into nearby low-income housing units in 2013.” It says the North Philadelphia school is safer than other nearby schools.

Duckrey Elementary: Stay open 
A 34-page package lists Duckrey's many programs and partnerships, including those with nearby Temple University.

Cooke Elementary: Stay open 
A community proposal opposes closure of the North Philadelphia school, citing multiple partnerships (particularly with Temple and other universities), successful academics, and strategic location (near Broad Street Subway). It proposes multiple alternatives for further utilizing the building, including housing a military academy (Elverson), additional District programs (such as for English-language learners, and other community programs.

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Comments (28)

Submitted by anonymous teacher (not verified) on February 13, 2013 6:08 pm
I teach at AMY at James Martin School. There is no reason for us to be relocated. We have a thriving school, in our own safe and well maintained building. Our building is not under-populated. If AMY is forced to relocate to Penn Treaty, AMY parents are saying that they will pull their children out of our school. Penn Treaty is inconvenient, and in many cases impossible to get to for half of our students, who travel from the lower N.E., especially now since the SRC is removing yellow bus service. Also, we help alleviate the over-crowding in the N.E. by offering an alternative and better performing middle school to that area. We have always been a high performing, ethnically balanced magnet school, that accepts students from diverse skill levels and pulls our students up to par. We regularly win, or place very high in city wide and regional contests, from technology, to art, to National History Day. To place our students at Penn Treaty, a school that has been persistently dangerous and hasn't made AYP for 6 or 7 years is simply destructive. Penn Treaty is underpopulated because the population of parents a block away opt out of sending their children there. Please don't leave AMY at James Martin out of your article next time!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 14, 2013 9:26 am
But you haven't made AYP in several years, how is that good?
Submitted by Bill Hangley (not verified) on February 14, 2013 10:40 am
You're right, that was an oversight on my part not to mention AMY's own plan. We'll update shortly. Thanks.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 13, 2013 7:07 pm
The Mama Gail Plan?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 13, 2013 7:37 pm
If you don't know who Mama Gail is...consider yourself lucky.
Submitted by Education Grad Student (not verified) on February 15, 2013 9:51 pm
Here are some highlights from Mama Gail's plans, the five Clouden's Proposals, (mostly from the West/Southwest Proposal). First of all, Clouden is Mr. Clouden, a man who claims to be a building engineer in the District. (I only know this because I have attended community meetings. Otherwise, there is nothing in the Clouden's Proposals mentioning who Clouden is.) West/Southwest regional proposal: "The Following system is supported by changes made through moving the student population. 1. Within the West & Southwest region, you have schools with multiple grade configurations. We recommend that the schools become systemically structured as: Elementary School – Kindergarten through 6th grade Middle School – 7th through 9th grade High School – 10th through 12th grade and CTE/Performing Arts Schools are formatted to 9th through 12th grade" (p. 5). Then on p. 8, the proposal says the following: "2. Pepper Middle School: This school currently services grades 5th through 8th. We recommend that Pepper’s grade configuration is restructured to allow the grades 7th through 12th. By reconfiguring grades, this will allow for Communication and Technology High School to merge with Pepper Middle School. The additional students will increase the current enrollment." So on p. 5, Clouden's proposal calls for a consistent grade configuration of K-6, 7-9, and 10-12, and then on p. 8, the proposal says that Pepper MS and Comm Tech HS should merge to be 7-12 and Tilden MS and Bartram HS should merge to be 7-12? Lol, what configuration do you want? Stop contradicting yourself! -- Then, on p. 10, Clouden's W/SW proposal calls for the following: "3. Lea: This school will merge into Alexander, Sadie Elementary School. This transition is .56 miles away. Lea is currently leasing a boiler. With Lea moving to Alexander, you will cut continual cost of leasing a boiler. Alexander is a newly built facility and can accommodate the current occupancy of Lea." This just makes me laugh because as most people who pay attention to education issues in this city know, THERE'S NO ROOM AT PENN ALEXANDER. LEA IS ACCOMMODATING OVERFLOW STUDENTS FROM PENN ALEXANDER! "5. OEC: This school will merge into Cassidy. This transition is .20 miles. The closure has been deemed due to capacity" (p. 10) Mama Gail and co. clearly are unaware of the fact that Cassidy can't accommodate students from OEC. According to the FMP data (although it isn't always accurate), Cassidy's enrollment is close to capacity, with 621 students in a building that can hold 656 students. Also, Cassidy is a neighborhood school whereas Overbrook Educational Center (OEC) is a special admit school and the only K-8 school in the District that serves children with visual impairments. (The fun continues....) "6. Powel: This school will merge into McMichael. This transition is .47 miles. Powel is for 199 students from Kindergarten to 4th grade. Their current enrollment is 255, causing them to be over capacity. McMichael can house the total capacity of Powel" (p. 10). Some other highlights from the W/SW proposal: "1. Elementary schools were not designed for large children usage" (p. 9). Regarding Blankenberg (p. 10): "The children have to go outside to enter another building, being subjected to weather conditions in winter months just for lunch school." And lastly, in Clouden's Proposal for the North-West Region: "4. Wager 1701 W. Chelten Av 859 1,008" (p. 5) and "Feeder Schools Amy N.W. o Cook-Wiss-Dobson-Shawmont Leeds o Day-Edmonds-Houston-Jenks-Pennypacker Roosevelt o Fulton-Henry-Lingelbach-Wister Wager o Kinsey-Pastorius-Prince Hall Washington o Finletter-Logan-Marshall-Morrison" If your proposal is going to mention particular schools, make sure that you spell the names of the schools correctly. It's WAGNER, not Wager!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 13, 2013 8:58 pm
Two questions. Should schools that have been failing academically be allowed to expand? Should they even stay open?
Submitted by reformer (not verified) on February 13, 2013 8:09 pm
this your classic case of throwing good money after bad.
Submitted by JUDITH ROBINSON (not verified) on February 13, 2013 10:21 pm
Yeah Mama Gail !!! And Family,husband, School Building Engineer. Smart people who know the system well... With the mess that we taxpayers have allowed over decades , we should be respectfull of all input . Look at the MESS the SMART people have us in !!! Judith Robinson's - Education our Children Community Development plan... HELL NO ,WE ARE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO SPEND 2 MILLION $$$ ON ROOFS, WHILE OUR CHILDREN ARE SHORT CHANGED !!! ACCORDING TO SDP DOCUMENTS, PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF BUILDINGS WILL GO TOWARD PAYMENT OF DEBT SERVICE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS ,ONLY !!! If some schools are to close, when will the Chief and Deputies be reduced? OR WATCH POLITICIANS CHARTERS SCHOOLS FUNDED,while they accept $$ from Studentsfirst and other foundations . Get it correct -now !
Submitted by reformer (not verified) on February 14, 2013 6:16 am
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 14, 2013 9:43 am
If you think she is smart no wonder the system is in the shape it is in!
Submitted by Bill Hangley (not verified) on February 14, 2013 10:35 am
Sorry, Judith, it was an oversight on my part not to mention your plan as well. Do forgive us - - we'll update shortly.
Submitted by Education Grad Student (not verified) on February 13, 2013 10:49 pm
I like the plan for Germantown HS and the way that the Fulton ES community is supporting Germantown HS. This plan makes complete sense given the fact that Fulton is located across the street from GHS. Fulton could even keep the name of its school, with the only thing changing being the location. These community plans reflect many ideas that District leaders did not have and could not have because they don't live in the neighborhoods. With the school closings and FMP, a better approach would have been for Dr. Hite to approach the situation in the following manner. Make known to people that the District is wasting or losing x amount of money because of empty space and empty seats in buildings. Make known the buildings where the utilization problems are most acute, present the data, and ask the affected communities for suggestions. Make clear that the District will need a plan, and the District wants to incorporate community input from the start. In this way, the Dsitrict sets out the problem but initiates the information gathering process in a more democratic and bottom-up manner. This kind of method is much more proactive and less reactive. Finally, don't go around saying that the $28 million will go toward academic programs when in reality, that money will be going to plug the deficit, as cited in an article today in the Inquirer (
Submitted by Ms.Cheng (not verified) on February 14, 2013 8:14 am
Hey EGS, not sure why education people (my favorite) have such a hard time with math. If $28 million saved goes to debt service, that means that $28 million does not have to be deducted from the educational budget/academic programs to go to debt service. I would say that that equates to $28 million to academic programs. Perhaps education people don't think that paying debts is all that important? Perhaps that's why our next bubble is college debt - though (misguided) Mr. Obama wants the taxpayer to pay this inflated pricing?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 14, 2013 9:25 am
Ms. Cheng, you have made math errors of your own in the past so I don't think it's necessary to get snitty and attack an entire field. The point was that this proposal would not result in $28 million MORE to academic programs than we have currently. Hite et al have sometimes given the false impression that schools will be getting more after the closings instead of the reality of avoidance of future additional reductions. You know very well that most schools have been cut to the bone. It is fair to to point out that for all the pain and disruption this isn't going to add meat back.
Submitted by Ms.Cheng (not verified) on February 14, 2013 9:16 am
And more borrowing will?
Submitted by Ms.Cheng (not verified) on February 14, 2013 10:00 am
I am as wary of Mr. Hite as a lot of writers here; however, he has not lied. His hopes that once debt service is taken care of, whatever savings can be had from downsizing can be used to re-establish much needed classroom services should not be criticized. Finally, yes, I make math mistakes too and very much appreciate it if I am corrected.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 14, 2013 2:18 pm
A real leader would be upfront with parents that the pain of next year will not give them or their schools any additional resources anytime soon. The district owes that to them at the very least. I am not advocating for additional borrowing so go have fun hitting that strawman somewhere else.
Submitted by Education Grad Student (not verified) on February 14, 2013 2:42 pm
Ms. Cheng, I don't know all of the ins and outs of school finance. I don't know how the District will use the $28 million. What I do know is that Dr. Hite has not been consistent in his explanations of how the District will use the money. At meetings, he has said that the money will go to academic programs, but at the City Council meeting, he said it's going to plug the deficit. My point was about the inconsistency of his explanation that his math. EGS
Submitted by Ms.Cheng (not verified) on February 14, 2013 4:32 pm
O.k. sorry to hurt some feelings here, but I don't see his statements as necessarily contradictory. He has not denied that there is debt service that needs to be taken care of, and if we extrapolate, we could anticipate that more consolidation/cost cutting would have to be done in order to come up with additional funds for academic programs at this time, but that is the ultimate goal. The situation is dire and good ole public school "business as usual (finance is evil)" brought us here: Are we mad at him because of semantics? So there's the thing, which may explain the different phrasing he has used as well as be cause for hope. A lot of things are uncertain in the world of public school finance/taxes. If the economy improves, Harrisburg could increase the funding. Also, if the PSD can increase its utilization both in terms of facilities use and distribution of personnel, it will not only lower its required payments to charters, but will present a more convincing case to obtain that extra funding from Harrisburg. These are possibilites (but not certainties) that are more likely with responsible downsizing.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 14, 2013 1:42 am
Darrell Clarke's team says kids shouldn't walk more than 5 blocks? Seriously? Meanwhile, back in city hall, these same pols will hire some more 6 figure public health employees to waste money campaigning against obesity. This sort of feeble-minded thinking is how you can create the fattest, dumbest, poorest, most highly taxed big city in the US.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 14, 2013 10:56 am
You wouldn't mind backing all of that up with some data, would you?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 15, 2013 12:40 pm
I think all of these are common knowledge. You could add most unionized which has some strong correlation with highly taxed. I know of no studies correlating unionization with the other three and will refrain from commenting on them. Philly may not be absolute worst in every category but it is near the top. If council i think we could get to no 1 in all 5- taxed fat stupid unionized and four.
Submitted by Ms.Cheng (not verified) on February 14, 2013 12:43 pm
I'm with you - no data required. But seriously some of these City blocks are not the safe blocks you and I would first think of. Then again that's Mr. Clarke's responsibility to start with. How about promising tax incentives and City government initiatives to attract the growing number of young (20 to 29 year olds) and older (55 on up) residents to relocate to North Philly? To harness the growing movement towards sustainable living, better vocational technical training, and enriched cultural living? Affordable housing and innovative communities for those starting out, or finding a retreat in life? We know how important a community is to how well a child does in school. Come on Mr. Clarke...
Submitted by Quibila A. Divine (not verified) on February 15, 2013 5:53 am
As the author of the North Philadelphia Collaboration's report, I must clarify that Darrell Clarke is a supporter of some of the recommendations and therefore, our group should not be considered as "Darrell Clarke's team". There were several meetings and discussions held during which students, parents, family and community members reviewed data and reached a consensus...without politicians present. I am pleased that PA Senator Shirley Kitchen and PA State Representative J.P. Miranda were able to attend a couple of our meetings. Obvious omissions in the above summary are the recommendations that Meade and TM Peirce become community schools, that site selection be implemented, and that effective School Advisory Councils are formed in each school. Regarding the 5 block walk, that was specifically for our youngest scholars, as noted in the counter-proposal. If you haven't been to North Philadelphia lately, there are many new homes that have been built north and south of Lehigh Avenue. The problem is that the district has redesigned the catchment area for many of our "under-utilized schools" so that many of the new homes (with families) are excluded. Also, some students are purposely sent to schools that are further away. For example, we have an elementary school student who must walk 7 blocks to go to Dr. Ethel Allen (lower performing) when TM Peirce is only a block away from her home....coincidence or design??????
Submitted by JUDITH ROBINSON (not verified) on February 16, 2013 1:55 pm
ReGarding North Philly ,there has been a Lot of Social Engineering going on ! How many Families with school age children have been force oUT OF THE CITY by Philadelphia Housing Authority ? Many !!! RTK PHA For documents ... Charter Schools- many created by the Politically Connected. Some using former SDP buildings... ALLOWING BAD CHARTERS TO DRAIN THE SDP FOR 10-12 YEARS ... Who are the DECISIONMAKERS ? RECONFIGURING - North Philly Schools Three times in less than 5 years ! These are the same Decisionmakers ,who want us to NOW TRUST THEM... We SAY - HELL NO !!!
Submitted by JUDITH ROBINSON (not verified) on February 16, 2013 1:20 pm
Remember ,the SRC will make the decisons, Not Dr Hite ! this plan was created by folks behind the scene and Dr.Hite is susposed to SELL this bull----! We ain't buying !!! We clearly understand Dr. Hite's position therefore, we will continue to peel this ONION. WE are working Now ASAP.Starting With MAYOR NUTTER and his Teams .
Submitted by ionica (not verified) on July 22, 2014 10:41 am

I hope these suggestions will be taken into consideration. They are very good and very well documented and could help a lot. As they say, some schools could merge instead of closing. I think that would be very easy to do. unelte profesionale

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