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Dark Tidings for Philadelphia Schools

Posted: Dec. 26th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Philly schools closure announcement
David Swanson/Philly.com

In a bid to save only $28 million dollars, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. has put forward a proposal that would gut Philadelphia's educational department with a closure of nearly one in six schools and the relocation of nearly 17,000 students. The plan calls for the closure of under-enrolled campuses in an effort to boost education and cut costs.

About one in six existing city public schools would close in June under a proposal presented by Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. Thursday.

The game-changing plan - in the works for months - would close schools in virtually every corner of the city and encompass 22 elementary, four middle and 11 high schools.

"This is a historic moment for us here in the School District of Philadelphia," Hite said at a news conference.

Roughly 17,000 students would be affected by the closings, grade changes, and programs being relocated, and officials estimated the moves would save about $28 million.

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