The School District of Philadelphia plans to close 23 schools in August–a decision aimed at saving money because of a $300 million budget deficit.
The closures have affected neighborhoods throughout the city in a variety of ways. Some parents and students are trying to save their schools–worried about safety of their children and the economic impact on the individual neighborhoods. Businesses are concerned about how they will survive without student traffic. Nonprofits, which provide after-school programs, may have to shut their doors. Others have saved their schools.
Philadelphia Neighborhoods reporters have fanned out throughout the city to document the impact on the schools that have been closed, merged and saved from Cedar Park to University City.
You can find the special report here, with links to various stories.
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