Yesterday was extremely difficult. As a teacher struggling in Philadelphia, it is hard to see hope at the end of the tunnel. Regardless of the difficulties ahead, I believe in this place and these children.
By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Over the loud protest of hundreds of parents and teachers, the School Reform Commission voted to close 23 Philadelphia public schools (see related story). The list is slightly shorter than what was recommended by Superintendent William Hite (see related story). The Commission spared four schools; two more face a vote later. But no one views the vote as a victory.
A capacity crowd listened through hours of testimony, pleading with the Commission for a one-year moratorium on closing schools, then rose to their feet as the Commission voted to shut down one-tenth of the district’s schools.
Commission Chairman Pedro Ramos said the exceptionally large number of closures was a result of years of inaction as schools emptied.
“People use this phrase ‘kicking the can down the road.’ I didn’t know what that meant till I got on the SRC and…
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