Sweeping Changes, School Closings Proposed for Philly

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Philadelphia school district could close as many as 64 schools and eliminate hundreds of central office jobs in the next few years.

A sweeping reorganization proposal made public Tuesday includes more than half a billion dollars in budget cuts by 2017.

It's called "A Blueprint for Transforming Philadelphia's Public Schools" and it includes a proposal to divvy up the remaining schools among “achievement networks” led by teams of educators or nonprofit institutions.

The achievement networks would have 20 to 30 schools each and be connected by either geography or a common, creative approach to teaching and learning. The leaders of the network, which could include successful principals, would have contracts based on performance and be required to serve students of all abilities and situations equitably, reports thenotebook.org.

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