School Closings: A Special Report

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North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

When the School District of Philadelphia proposed 37 school closings in 2013, Tanner Duckrey Elementary School was scheduled to close its doors to roughly 300 students. Duckrey’s fate changed when the School Reform Commission narrowed the list of closings to 24 and designated Duckrey as a receiving school. This meant Duckrey was now scheduled to […]

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Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

As education budget cuts have spread throughout the state of Pennsylvania, building closures present a way for school districts to quickly lower their costs. In Philadelphia, a large wave of closings occurred in 2013. During this time, the School District of Philadelphia closed 23 schools to help shrink a looming financial deficit of more than […]

 By Christopher Harper

Philadelphia Schools: A Special Report

Philadelphia Schools: A Special Report

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 […]

 By Bradley Feldman and Khanhly Nguyen

Cedar Park: School Closings Create Concerns of Emotional Harm for Students

Cedar Park: School Closings Create Concerns of Emotional Harm for Students

One major, yet underexamined, issue in the publicly contentious process of closing schools is the psychological impact on young children. More than half of the schools that are slated to close at the end of the school year are elementary schools. This will force many children to change schools. The change could have a significant […]

 By Travis Braue-Fischbach and Matt Carey

Fishtown: St. Laurentius School Excels After a Threat to Close

Fishtown: St. Laurentius School Excels After a Threat to Close

It’s hard to believe that St. Laurentius School, a private Catholic parish school located at 1612 E. Berks St., was threatened with closure a year ago. After a successful campaign to keep the school’s doors open, the institution has firmly established itself as an educational force to be reckoned with. “There’s nothing little, other than […]

 By Matt Carey and Travis Braue-Fischbach

Fishtown: Run Provides Support for Catholic School

Fishtown: Run Provides Support for Catholic School

When the Archdiocese of Philadelphia marked St. Laurentius School in Fishtown for closing, some of the reasons it cited included financial issues and enrollment shortages. Since that day, the St. Laurentius community has shown both of those concerns to be inaccurate. The St. LauRUNtius Fishtown 5K run was founded last year by a group of […]

 By Taisje Claiborne and Haley Kmetz

Germantown: Students Want High School To Remain Open

Germantown: Students Want High School To Remain Open

The world is about to change for Germantown High School students. If the school closes as scheduled, most students will transfer to Roxborough High School on Ridge Avenue and Fountain Street or Martin Luther King High School on Stenton Avenue and East Haines Street. Khayriyyah Williams, 18, is the senior class president at Germantown High […]

 By Parissa Zecher and Thomas Zamonski

Germantown: Educators and Students Speak About the Effects of School Closures

Germantown: Educators and Students Speak About the Effects of School Closures

The school closings in Germantown have disrupted the lives of children in multiple ways, but the repercussions are not limited to students alone. The closures have simultaneously impacted the community including its residents and local businesses. Since 2011, Andrew Snover has been the program director for the after-school program run out of the First United Methodist […]

 By Kathryn McBride and Zach Scott

Graduate Hospital: Schools Need Resources

Graduate Hospital: Schools Need Resources

Mayor Michael Nutter wanted to raise additional money for schools by implementing the Actual Value Initiative in 2012. Now the mayor says AVI will be revenue neutral. “The city is not ready to implement [AVI]. It doesn’t have all the data,” said Doerte Smith, a longtime resident and voter of Graduate Hospital. “Luckily Councilman Johnson […]

 By Brian Sheehan

Mantua: Families Happy School District Rescinded Closure for Local School

Mantua: Families Happy School District Rescinded Closure for Local School

When the School District of Philadelphia removed the Morton McMichael Elementary from the list of schools that would close at the end of the year, parents of students at the school were thrilled. “I was almost brought to tears,” Angela Jones said. Jones, who lives on 34th Street near McMichael, walks her 6-year-old daughter to […]