Community leaders plead with mayor to fight for one-year freeze on school closings

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown speaks at city hall Monday in a last-ditch effort to place a one-year freeze on school closings.
City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown speaks at city hall Monday in a last-ditch effort to place a one-year freeze on school closings.

Community leaders gathered at City Hall this morning in a last ditch effort to compel local and state officials to accept a one-year freeze on the proposed 29 school closings.

On Thursday state leaders will vote on the school district’s plan to close 29 schools. Today, the community leaders pleaded for Mayor Michael Nutter to consider alternative proposals and speak up before the vote commences Thursday night.

Quanisha M. Smith, of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, said the officials want a one-year freeze on the plan to close 29 public schools so a third analysis and an exhaustive search for alternatives to school closings can commence.

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell wants to work with local and state leaders on the issue.

“Certainly nobody is saying that some schools shouldn’t at some point close,” she said, “But let’s work together. Nobody had a right. … to sit in a room and make these decisions.”

City Council has called as a group for a one-year hold on the closings.

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown said there is recognition of the harsh realities.

“The state is at fault here. Period. If we have to point fingers, let’s point them where they need to be,” she said.

Brown added that the officials “Still believe that not enough work has been done to propose a list that adequately captures where we should end up.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Federal mediator joins Met Opera labor talks as…

Unions representing the orchestra and chorus of the Met Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join labor talks on Thursday as a threatened lockout loomed.

Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

Movies

Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a refreshingly…

Marvel is sitting so high on a cash mountain that it's now thrown $170 million at the relatively obscure and very silly title "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Movies

Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.

Movies

Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).

Movies

Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.

MLB

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…