|Posted:||January 16, 2013 12:34 PM|
|From:||Representative Louise Williams Bishop|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Co-Sponsorship Memo: Providing for distress in cities of the first class|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would amend the act of March 10, 1949, known as the Public School Code of 1949, further providing for distress in cities of the first class.
As many of you may already know, recently the superintendent of the Philadelphia School District released a report that calls for the shutdown of one out of six schools in the Philadelphia Public School System. If approved many schools would have to shut down, relocate, close programs, and or reshuffle grades. The number of constituents that this would affect in our communities is staggering: approximately 17,000 students and 2,000 staffers would be affected by the closings and moves. Thirty-seven buildings would close for a savings of about $28 million. Overall, 22 elementary, 4 middle, and 11 high schools, nearly every neighborhood in the city, would have to close at least one school if the recommendations are adopted by the School Reform Commission, which will soon vote.
The closing of public school is not isolated to the Philadelphia School District. Across the state many school districts are finding or will find themselves facing similar circumstances. It is for this reason that I am proposing legislation that would amend the current Public School Code of 1949, allowing for a moratorium on the closing of public schools until June 30, 2014 in order to do the following:
Introduced as HB285