School closings would entail some long walks
Jerry Jordan stood at the corner of Haverford and Lancaster Avenues, peering across the busy intersection as cars whizzed by and a siren wailed in the distance. A trolley had just passed.
“Traffic in all directions, but at least there’s a light,” the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president noted, stepping out into the street. “I hope the children cross at the light.”
Jordan was on a mission to test the route children from the McMichael School would have to walk if their school closes in June, as the Philadelphia School District has proposed. McMichael is one of 37 buildings slated to shut to save about $28 million and eliminate some of the 53,000 empty seats the nearly broke system says it can no longer afford.
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