Jerry Jordan: When Loud Cries Meet Deaf Ears: The SRC’s Version of Community Input

1/25/2013
The SRC and the school district have been tone deaf to the call for more careful consideration of their plan to close neighborhood schools.

The danger of being given an agenda and the authority to carry it out is that you run the risk of looking tone deaf when you push that agenda through despite the public backlash. That is precisely what is happening here in Philadelphia, as the community’s cries to stop the closing of 37 neighborhood schools grows louder.

In this case, it is the SRC and the school district that are tone deaf to the call for more careful consideration of their plan to close schools, and to the requests for better explanations of the supposed cost savings of such a move. I have been to several of the school district’s community forums, and the outrage from the community has been palpable at each meeting. They simply aren’t buying the SRC’s simplistic and hollow explanations of why this needs to be done.

 

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