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2013-01-01 Home Front: Politix
Philadelphia School District Plans to Close Dozens of Schools
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Posted by Fred 2013-01-01 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6480 views ]  Top

#1 Why not? They don't teach in them anyway.
Posted by Glenmore 2013-01-01 08:47||   2013-01-01 08:47|| Front Page Top

#2  I didn't want to read the source article since I might exceed my quota of NYT articles. I would bet the source does not mention the average $ spent/ student 'educated' in the Philly school district. In general, a vast amount of funds are paid per primary & high school student, with poor and ever diminishing returns.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2013-01-01 10:17||   2013-01-01 10:17|| Front Page Top

#3 Largely because of the lure of local charter schools...

Translation: no one wants to send their kids to sucky schools.
Posted by SteveS 2013-01-01 11:34||   2013-01-01 11:34|| Front Page Top

#4 And the backlash has started:

A coalition of community groups that includes the city's teachers union is calling for a temporary halt to the Philadelphia School District's plans to close 37 schools. District officials say they welcome the group's input, but that it's too late to stop the closures.

"If we restored the 2008 funding formula, we would not be in this deficit," said Andi Perez, head of Students United for Change and part of PCAPS. "If we closed tax loopholes. If we collected more property taxes
[Philadelphia already has 96,000-plus tax delinquent property owners], the citizens who actually pay their taxes will have to shell out even more. already as . There's series of things that the city and state could do to increase revenue for Philadelphia public schools, and for public schools around the state."

Members of the PCAPS coalition include: Youth United For Change, Philadelphia Student Union, ACTION United, Philadelphia Federation Of Teachers, Philadelphia Home And School Council, UNITE HERE, SEIU 32BJ, Fight For Philly, Philadelphians Allied For a Responsible Economy, American Federation Of Teachers PA, Jobs With Justice, Teacher Action Group, Coalition Of Labor Union Women, Occupy Philadelphia Labor Work Group, Decarcerate PA, Association of Philadelphia School Librarians.
Posted by Pappy 2013-01-01 14:08||   2013-01-01 14:08|| Front Page Top

#5 "we need to squeeeeze them taxpayers some more"
Posted by Frank G 2013-01-01 14:40||   2013-01-01 14:40|| Front Page Top

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