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Philadelphia School Superintendent Set To Announce Changes In Plan To Close 37 Schools

Superintendent William Hite at a City Council hearing on his school closure plan. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Superintendent William Hite at a City Council hearing on his school closure plan. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s schools chief is changing his plan to permanently close one in six city schools.

Superintendent William Hite told a daylong City Council hearing on Tuesday that he will announce an updated school closure plan next week.

“We are planning to make a set of revised recommendations prior to the vote at the SRC,” Hite said.

Hite says some of the 37 schools could come off of the closure list and some receiving schools may change. He says the revisions are based on public input. Council has adopted a resolution calling for a one-year moratorium on school closures. But Hite says savings from the closures baked into the budget.

“All of these things inside of our five year plan, these things are written as if they must occur,” he said. “And so if they don’t occur, then we’re running into a situation where we’re running out of cash.”

The School Reform Commission will vote on the closures on March 7th.

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