Groups Criticize Nutter Over Philadelphia School Closings

Friday, March 1, 2013

Only a week remains until the School Reform Commission is to vote on the largest wave of school closings in Philadelphia history, but community organizations are fighting for more time.

The NAACP and ACTION United, a statewide organization of 52,000 low- and moderate-income families, have asked for a one-year delay to find additional sources of funding and alternatives to the proposed closing of 29 schools.

Quanisha Smith, ACTION United leadership and community development director, said the Philadelphia School District needed more time to analyze how the closings would affect children, parents, and communities.

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