By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today was supposed to be the deadline for parents to submit reassignment applications for students at 23 Philadelphia public schools that have been targeted for closure (see related story).  But the school district has issued an extension.

School District of Philadelphia spokeswoman Deirdre Darragh says they simply wanted to give parents a little more time, so the deadline has been extended to Friday, April 19th.

Parents can pick up reassignment forms at their respective schools and then choose where to send their kids next fall.

“For each school that was approved for closure we identified a receiving school,” Darragh says. “For elementary schools there were one or two options for students, and then for high schools, students are going to be given the opportunity to apply citywide to high schools or to attend the new neighborhood school for their attachment area.”

Darragh says if a reassignment form is not submitted by the deadline, the district will step in and select a school for that student.

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