This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
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Opponents of the mass school-closings plan stood in front of City Hall this morning appealing to Mayor Nutter for help in stopping the District from closing 29 Philadelphia schools.
"We’re here today to urge America’s mayor, our Mayor Nutter, to take a stand with the community and his constituents, and instruct his two appointees on the School Reform Commission to vote for a moratorium," said Quanisha Smith of ACTION United and PCAPS.
The PFT’s Jerry Jordan, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who chairs the Council’s education committee, and the NAACP’s Jerry Mondesire were also there to criticize the District’s plan for its lack of inclusion, its inconsistency, and its economic destructiveness.
The mayor has said that he supports the closure plan as is and that he is against a moratorium. He has also said that although he is actively concerned and attentive to what’s going on, the school-closure plan is a decision for Superintendent Hite and the School Reform Commission.