School closure appeals begin
Two review committees established by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will begin hearing appeals today from any of the 49 schools slated for closure.
Pastors, elementary school principals and high school presidents will be able to present facts and documentation between today and early February. One committee has been set up for parish elementary schools and another will hear cases for high schools. The committees will include members of the Blue Ribbon Commission who recommended the closures and Archdiocesan administrators.
The committees will forward all information to Archbishop Charles Chaput, who will make the final decisions. A final list of the affected schools will be released by mid-February.
When the closures were announced last Thursday, many parents, students and alumni began to rally through grassroots efforts. They have held candlelight vigils, organized peaceful protests and started online petitions in order to prevent some of the closings.