Philly schools open to 'grim new normal'

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The first day of school in Philadelphia is also the start of a grim new normal for the district's 137,000 students and their families.

Today, there are 24 fewer schools in the district, as part of a plan, it has been said, to reduce costs following a decline in the student population. The result is 9,000 students will attend 53 different schools than they would have attended last fall.

The district has come up with safe routes to every school, since so many students have shifted in the mass closures, said Karyn Lynch, chief of Student Support Services.

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