|Philly activists pack a City Council hearing on school closures. (City Paper)|
Cooke students are set to be relocated to Logan Elementary, Grover Washington Middle School or Steel Elementary in Nicetown.
Daniel Denvir writes in The City Paper:
Parents, teachers and community members are outraged. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) have put forward an alternative proposal that calls for curbing the rapid expansion of charter schools, de-emphasizing standardized tests and ending state control of city schools. In the neighborhoods, the message is blunter still: Don’t close our school. Four thousand people, according to the district, have attended 14 community meetings. Last month, City Council called for a one-year moratorium on closings.
Margaret Harrington, the chief operating officer of Victory, described Fitzsimons as having a "transition problem."
At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, it was turned into the Thomas FitzSimons High School- Promise Academy. In August of 2011, budgetary issues and political conflicts within the district negatively impacted the school's program direction and FitzSimons didn't open as a Promise Academy. It was once again tuned into comprehensive neighborhood high school adopting some of the "reform" measures associated with the Promise Academy model.
As of Summer 2012 KIPP Du Bois Collegiate Academy, a charter high school that is part of the national KIPP network, was housed at Fitzsimons.
As of now, 40% of high-school students affected by last year’s closings are now in schools slated to close.
And so it goes.