By a 14 to 2 margin City Council today voted to adopt a resolution endorsing our call for a one year moratorium on school closings. Here is the text of the PCAPS statement on the action:
PCAPS’ Statement Praising City Council’s Call For a Moratorium on School Closings
The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) applauds City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and her colleagues for supporting today’s resolution calling for a moratorium on school closings.
Superintendent Hite and his team have embarked on a well-intentioned but premature effort to justify the drastic action of shuttering 37 schools without embarking on a comprehensive community impact study. Furthermore, research has shown that school closures often fail to bring about projected revenue savings and do not help improve student achievement in the long run.
Given these realities, the most prudent step moving forward is to halt all school closings and instead collaborate with public officials, non-profits, hospitals, universities, the business community and others to examine the community impact of these closings and seek out innovative alternatives that will truly enrich the lives of Philadelphia students and their families.