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Philadelphia School District Plans to Close Dozens (37) of Schools
NY Times ^ | 12/30/12 | JON HURDLE

Posted on 12/30/2012 6:34:02 PM PST by Libloather

PHILADELPHIA — Like many public schools here, University City High School is underused, underfinanced and underperforming.

Nearly 80 percent of its 11th-grade students read below grade level in statewide tests this year, while 85 percent failed to make the grade in math. Last year, about only a quarter of its students participated in precollege testing like the SAT.

Largely because of the lure of local charter schools, the school is one-quarter full, with fewer than 600 students for its nearly 2,200 seats. It needs major work on its infrastructure, including lighting and heating systems, that would cost an estimated $30 million.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: pa; philadelphia; schools
Is it technically a school if most kids learn nothing?
1 posted on 12/30/2012 6:34:15 PM PST by Libloather
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2 posted on 12/30/2012 6:37:13 PM PST by narses
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Obama demands more money to pay for crap like this where kids learn nothing and the money is wasted...


3 posted on 12/30/2012 6:37:37 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (The political mirage of something for nothing; has ruined many a nation.)
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4 posted on 12/30/2012 6:37:37 PM PST by narses
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To: Libloather

Public indoctrination centers just aren’t cutting it anymore. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm.


5 posted on 12/30/2012 6:38:27 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where can I pick up a 2013 Mayan calendar?)
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6 posted on 12/30/2012 6:38:42 PM PST by narses
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To: Libloather

Government run daycare.


7 posted on 12/30/2012 6:38:53 PM PST by Morris70
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To: Libloather

“The district’s problems are compounded by the end of FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY and rising pension costs.”

This article is an EXCELLENT example of why the Dems will fold in the Fiscal Cliff talks. The people there are FULLY EXPECTING their handouts, and if Obama doesn’t put an end to this game, and quickly, they will be MAD, VERY MAD. Obama is HANDCUFFED by the spending restraints that are part of the fiscal cliff, he will not allow that to continue, AT ANY COST.


8 posted on 12/30/2012 6:40:22 PM PST by BobL
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I can only imagine a world where a school is the first and only place one encounters books.


9 posted on 12/30/2012 6:44:29 PM PST by relictele
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“Who is policing the Phila. school police?”
October 16, 2011|By Susan Snyder and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
http://articles.philly.com/2011-10-16/news/30286431_1_police-officers-heroin-possession-district-policeman


10 posted on 12/30/2012 6:45:13 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: BobL

Ding, ding, ding!

Winnah winnah, chicken dinnah!


11 posted on 12/30/2012 6:53:34 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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To: Libloather

No problem. Obama will simply sign the executive order that minorities need not be held to any standards.


12 posted on 12/30/2012 6:55:04 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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Philly ping?

I added PA to the Topics list.


13 posted on 12/30/2012 7:46:42 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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Wow! 37 schools to close - - - .

Even after Zipper-Boy Clinton’s ‘Midnight Basketball,’ and Big-Spender GWB’s ‘No child left Behind,’ the schools are still going to close.

My, my - - - .

Maybe Obama can issue an EC to make these schools the homes of homeless school children?

There just has to be some shovel-ready plan in Hussein’s Commie Coloring Book that he swiped from Hahhhhhhhhvud?


14 posted on 12/30/2012 8:27:29 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Communal Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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Out country’s progress is inversely proportional to the sum of the number of public schools plus the cube of NEA members.


15 posted on 12/30/2012 8:31:27 PM PST by Da Coyote
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Is it technically a school if most kids learn nothing?

In most of these urban schools learning has nothing to do with it. It's all about having a place to warehouse kids and at least keep them off the street for most of the day. If some kids end up learning the alphabet and basic arithmetic by the time they "graduate", then that's just a helpful by-product. In any event, they all come out perfect Democrats.

16 posted on 12/30/2012 8:36:37 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

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17 posted on 12/30/2012 8:55:04 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: relictele
"I can only imagine a world where a school is the first and only place one encounters books."

I've been teaching in an urban Philadelphia parochial high school. Most of the students are coming from the Phila public or charter schools. In most cases, their literacy and academic skills are an absolute disgrace. Most are incapable of passing a grade-level test. Weak foundations, social promotion, political correctness, and bad choices have undermined these children's future.

18 posted on 12/30/2012 11:04:08 PM PST by Think free or die
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To: Libloather

We should welcome this as great news. The teacher’s union-controlled “schools” are being deserted in droves by students in favor of better options.


19 posted on 12/30/2012 11:20:36 PM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: Libloather

We should welcome this as great news. The teacher’s union-controlled “schools” are being deserted in droves by students in favor of better options.


20 posted on 12/30/2012 11:20:57 PM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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In all, 17,000 students and more than 1,100 teachers would be affected by closings, program changes and new grade configurations.

By my calculation, that is 15.5 students per teacher......a superior student/teacher ratio, yet they still cannot read, write or do math.

21 posted on 12/31/2012 6:05:17 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: BobL
This article is an EXCELLENT example of why the Dems will fold in the Fiscal Cliff talks.

You forget. In order for the democrats to fold, they have to beat Bonier to to the punch. I don't think anyone is capable of folding as fast as that loser.

22 posted on 12/31/2012 6:51:19 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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You’re right. What I meant is that they WOULD fold, if we found a spine.

...as if that would happen.


23 posted on 12/31/2012 10:23:26 AM PST by BobL
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To: Erik Latranyi
By my calculation, that is 15.5 students per teacher......a superior student/teacher ratio, yet they still cannot read, write or do math.

I think it is unrealistic to expect students in Philadelphia to teach their teachers when the vast majority of students come from illiterate families.

24 posted on 12/31/2012 4:38:16 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (It is impossible to have a good faith negotiations with terrorists or any Muslim.)
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