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Councilwoman Bass calls for school-closings moratorium, cites openness and safety concerns

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This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

by Brian Hickey

With both a Northwest Philadelphia public meeting and the School Reform Commission’s regular session looming next week, City Councilwoman Cindy Bass told NewsWorks on Friday that the District should wait at least a year before instituting its school-closure proposal.

"Although I understand the need for the School District to search for innovative ways to save money," Bass said, "I’m concerned that the District’s recommended closing of 37 schools was done with haste and without considering many important intangible factors.

"The School District should abstain from any type of decision on school closures for a year, during which time it should publicize the process used in reaching logical conclusions for school closing."

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