This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
by Olivia Jane Winters for NewsWorks
Hundreds of parents, students and teachers from Northwest Philadelphia schools crowded into the Martin Luther King High School auditorium for a meeting where Superintendent William Hite and District officials responded to concerns about a plan to close 37 school buildings and relocate or reconfigure many more.
Hite sat at the front of the auditorium with District officials Karyn Lynch and Danielle Floyd, who have been instrumental in developing the plan. Behind them was a screen showing performance figures for the schools being consolidated.
Many in the crowd held up signs and broke out into occasional cheers as dozens of representatives from eight Northwest Philadelphia schools took the microphone in designated two-minute time slots.