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Philly school closings in the national news

By the Notebook on Mar 9, 2013 11:49 AM

Thursday's decision to close 23 schools and relocate or merge five others has received national - and international - news attention. On Friday, NPR's national evening news program, "All Things Considered," included a report by NewsWorks' Benjamin Herold.

Coverage of the aftermath of the decision in the national and world news:

Rational Decisions and Heartbreak on School Closings New York Times

Teachers union president arrested at Philadelphia schools protest Guardian (UK)

Why both extremes are wrong in the debate over school closings The Hechinger Report

Philly coming to grips with mass school closings Associated Press via FoxPhilly

(Video) Parent: School closings really unnecessary Associated Press via USA Today
 

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Comments (11)

Submitted by Stephen R. Flemming (not verified) on March 9, 2013 8:37 pm
As a teacher in this city, in a true public school, I would rather make national and international news for our students' innovative science ideas or phenomenal works of prose, poetry, music, or visual art! But silly me! I'm glad the nation and world are watching the bafoonery unfold here in Philly and I truly hope that the pressure brings about the FUNDING we need, but if I had a choice between what should be covered, we'd have all we need and my kids would get the spot light! How about that for a dream!!
Submitted by Joe (not verified) on March 10, 2013 9:35 am
Stephen----------------"Dream" it is. That REALITY will only occur if we stop this madness of privatization FIRST. You are on page 2 rather than on Page 1. I love your sentiments though. I hope you fight this hostile agenda with the same vigor you have for your kids.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 10, 2013 6:46 pm
AMEN, and that's what missing. Where is the heart, soul and vibrancy of Philadelphia's schools? My guess it that it's in individual classrooms that we don't hear about because of all the school closure activity.Make no mistake these are the same folks who brought us the Stand your Ground laws so buckle up and demand what is ours and the proper funding. I have a question for Hite that he has yet to answer: what is "rightsizing," when do you achieve it, and what does it look like? What does September look like in terms of educational programs? I'm going to ask directly, and I'll post the answer if I can get one without the mumbo jumbo "empty seats" rhetoric.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 9, 2013 10:34 pm
Awesome comment and contribution.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 11, 2013 1:41 pm
There is 5.5 months left until September 1, 2013. The SRC will not really close more than 10 schools. They are so full of it. Nobody has reviewed their books or budget assumptions to see if there really is a $1 billion budget deficit over the next 5 years. They keep on saying it as if it were true. Anything can happen in 5 years. Most of their nonsense is union busting and negotiation.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 11, 2013 4:39 pm
They already voted to close 23.
Submitted by rob (not verified) on March 11, 2013 10:23 pm
What will happen when the costs associated with closing schools are way bigger than anticipated? Will people lose jobs? Is there any transparency in the numbers and findings? This whole thing seems rigged, it reminds me of a bait-and-switch.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 12, 2013 4:31 am
The teacher's proposed contract might hold some answers. The costs for closing schools appears to be more than alleged savings. The teacher's proposed contract - which I assume the SRC/Hite/Kihn can impose versus negotiate - allows the SRC/Hite/Kihn to bleed classrooms of necessary resources, gives principals tremendous power, and could lead to very large class sizes. Then, the teachers will be blamed for "lack of achievement," allowing the SRC/Hite/Kihn to close more public schools while expanding charters. Yes, my response is gloomy but the only way to challenge the slash and burn policies of the SRC/Hite/Kihn (in cahoots with the Corbett and Obama administrations) is to organize larger coalitions of citizens against them.
Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on March 12, 2013 8:52 am
You should read these two articles courtesy of Tom. Seems you are not the only one perceptive enough to see 'The Bait and Switch of School Reform." See: http://www.salon.com/2013/03/11/getting_rich_off_of_schoolchildren/ http://www.salon.com/2011/09/12/reformmoney/
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