PCAPS Looking for Solutions as SRC Looks to Close Schools

“The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), a group that opposes school district reform plans as proposed, has come out against the School Reform Commission’s move to suspend the state’s timeline for closing schools.”

Read the rest of the story on Philly.com

And read the full PCAPS statement on the SRC proposal (below).

MEDIA ALERT                                                                                                                              Contacts: Laura Frank or Kirk Dorn

November 16, 2012                                                                                                                                                215.735.6760

PCAPS issues statement in response to SRC’s latest step to rush school closings

The School Reform Commission’s decision to suspend the three-month school closing waiting period is simply the latest evidence of its indifference to students, parents, teachers and communities across the City.  A process for closing schools already tarnished by its lack of transparency is now even murkier.

Rather than speeding up the effort to close dozens of schools, the SRC and our elected officials should be conducting community-impact studies to determine how shuttered schools will affect already-struggling neighborhoods and families – not to mention the School District’s grim fiscal reality.  They should be making an honest effort to understand how these closings would impact students, parents, teachers and school employees – not making vague promises about collecting public feedback after their decision has been made.

Philadelphia needs more healthy, vibrant schools equipped with the resources necessary to truly educate our future leaders – not a closed-door, secretive effort to shutter schools, cut more jobs and ignore the desires of students, parents, teachers and concerned citizens.  Unfortunately, this decision does nothing to improve student achievement, support dedicated teachers, and strengthen our City’s classrooms.

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