Parents Plead to Keep Schools Open

Philadelphia School Reform Commission to vote on closing 29 schools March 7

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013  |  Updated 12:33 PM EDT
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Parents Plead to Keep Schools Open

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29 Philadelphia schools could be closing soon. On Saturday, parents and other members of the community had one last chance to make their case.

They made their voices heard at the third and final hearing held at the Philadelphia School District headquarters.

The city's School Reform Commission (SRC) is recommending the closure of 29 schools. Officials say the move is needed because the District is deep in debt.

But parents argue the move would be a major disruption to their children. Mercedes Amarant showed up to make the case for Abigail Vere Elementary in Pennsport, where her son and daughter attend school.

"Abigail Vere is a neighborhood school," Amarant told NBC10, "and by moving them out of the neighborhood, it takes away from the community the experience my children will have."

District officials say declining attendance just one of the reasons the 29 schools were chosen.

The SRC will vote on March 7th.
 

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