Of course it was a done deal. Mayor Daley had told his hand-picked school board and his hand-picked schools boss, Ron Huberman to close 22 more schools, and that's what they did--minus 6 where community protest was the loudest.
Philly students confront Ackerman
Public school students in Philly aren't buying Supt. Ackerman's plan to close neighborhood schools and hand them over to private charter operators. The students, members of the Philadelphia Student Union activist group, yesterday afternoon protested Ackerman's five-year, $50 million "Imagine 2014" plan, modeled on Chicago's "Renaissance 2010".
Charelle Reed, a 12th grader from Overbrook High, praised plans to boost the number of counselors and put Student Success Centers, which help students apply to college, in each high school, but she said that turning to charter schools is not the answer."There are some real equity issues when it comes to charter schools," she said. "Charters have been known to push out English-language-learning students, special-needs students, along with poor students." (Daily News)Now KIPP is bellying up to the bar. They want Ackerman to approve 10 of their replicant schools. She's nervous.