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Major changes on the way to Philly public schools

November 4, 2011

After a summer of controversy, it seems the Philadelphia school board is making another big decision in closing 9 public schools and standardizing the grade levels in 17 others. The selected schools are not low performing schools, in fact some of them have been performing quite well, but they are instead schools with shrinking enrollments. In the past 10 years, the Philadelphia school district has lost 50k students for various reasons including population decline, private schools, and charter schools. The affected schools are Levering, Harrison, Sheppard, Drew, and E.M. Stanton elementaries; Pepper Middle School; and FitzSimons High, Sheridan West Academy, and Philadelphia High School for Business.

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