By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A coalition of groups is asking Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter to pressure the School Reform Commission to put a one-year moratorium on the plan to close dozens of schools.READ MORE: Flight Attendant Attacked By Passenger, Flight From New York's JFK To John Wayne Airport Diverts To Denver
The call came from, among others, city councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (fourth from left in photo).
“There should not be a vote to close schools this week,” she said today.
Added Jerry Jordan, head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (far left in photo, partially obscured): “This plan should not advance. It should stop Thursday night!”READ MORE: Flyers Score Twice In 3rd, Win 5-3 To Hand Oilers 1st Loss
Jerome Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP (fifth from left, wearing western hat), called the school closing plan a headlong rush not based on reality, and he promises unspecified resistance.
“We know how to get people’s attention, and we’ll hold onto it,” Mondesire said. “We just want to make sure that the public knows that this is a broad struggle with clergy, with unions, neighborhood groups, and we’re fighting for the children of Philadelphia.”
A spokesman for the mayor says the school administration has already revised its plan and the mayor cannot support a moratorium.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Superintendent Dr. William Hite To Address Safety Updates For Philadelphia School District Students