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Northwest community fights to keep three 'anchor institutions' open in Germantown

By thenotebook on Feb 23, 2013 07:44 PM
Photo: Nat Hamilton/NewsWorks

School Reform Commission Chair Pedro Ramos listens to testimony on day two of the school-closing hearings.

by Aaron Moselle

The Philadelphia School District's plan to close 29 schools at the end of this academic year has been a tough pill to swallow for residents in central Germantown.

Under the District's Facilities Master Plan, Roosevelt Middle School, Fulton Elementary School and Germantown High School would close, a fact that has left many parents and community leaders scratching their heads.

Their number one question: Where are students going to go to school in the neighborhood?

On Friday afternoon, residents voiced their concerns to members of the city's School Reform Commission during the second of three hearings scheduled around the District's program and building closure recommendations.

Before a nearly empty room inside District headquarters on North Broad Street, they also made cases for keeping their schools open.

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