This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
by Aaron Moselle
The Philadelphia School District’s plan to close 29 schools at the end of this academic year has been a tough pill to swallow for residents in central Germantown.
Under the District’s Facilities Master Plan, Roosevelt Middle School, Fulton Elementary School and Germantown High School would close, a fact that has left many parents and community leaders scratching their heads.
Their number one question: Where are students going to go to school in the neighborhood?
On Friday afternoon, residents voiced their concerns to members of the city’s School Reform Commission during the second of three hearings scheduled around the District’s program and building closure recommendations.
Before a nearly empty room inside District headquarters on North Broad Street, they also made cases for keeping their schools open.