From The Article
The superintendent said all closing decisions were made with two goals in mind - improving academics throughout the district and ensuring its long-term financial viability.
The changes would take the district from about 67 percent utilization to about 80 percent utilization. The schools would close or shift locations or grade configurations in June.
Schools targeted include well-known ones with long histories, such as Bok, Germantown, Strawberry Mansion, and University City high schools.
Under the proposal, North Philadelphia would be hit particularly hard, while the overcrowded Northeast would be spared but for the closure of an annex of Carnell Elementary that houses middle school students.
No teachers are expected to be laid off as a result of the plan, but other school staff, including principals, cafeteria workers and janitors, could lose jobs.
Some have suggested the mass school closing is a tactic to weaken and ultimately destroy public school system; Hite dismissed that notion.
"We also believe and believe very stronly that our public school system is an institution worth saving," he said.
The schools targeted are largely all underenrolled and underperforming. Hite cited one example of a school that held over 1,000 but currently has fewer than 200 enrolled.
Virtually all district schools fail to meet state standards. Eighty two percent missed the mark on either math or reading goals, and 68 percent failed to meet goals in both math and reading.
"Those data are simply unacceptable," Hite said. He said the closings would help fix that.
Superintendent Hite inherited a school system that has been failing for many years.
He has the reality of a serious budget whole and academic performance problems that he must deal with in a sober manner.
THIS IS NO DIFFERENT than leaders over many other school system.
My analysis is not focused on the PEOPLE IN POWER and the data that they hold in their hand.
WE MUST TURN INTO THE "STREETS" and make note of what the "Community Organizers" and "Educational Activists" are going to do.
Their INTEREST in the PERSON IN POWER is the #1 determining factor in their response.
They have two modes:
- Throw Grenades At An "Enemy In Power" - who has DISRESPECTED the people, making cuts who have injured the people - instead of FIGHTING the RIGHT WING ENEMY - at the state or federal level who has no respect for the education of Black people
- SUPPORTING the "Favorable Person In Power" - who has PLEASED the rank & file by standing up and speaking IN THEIR VOICE - about how THEY ARE GOING TO FIGHT the RIGHT-WING who is attempting to "Starve Out Black Elected Power" by denying them "Social Justice Dollars".
Superintendent Hite has jumped into this very early in his tenure.
I am not sure how much of a support base he has built up with the forces who "rings" he must kiss prior to moving forward with the plan.
The sight of venerable schools like "Germantown High", "University City High" and "Strawberry Mansion High" is as startling to me as the number of storied Catholic schools that were shut down last year in Philly.
The Protesters Who Greeted Romney In West Philly And Were Pleased By Mayor Nutter's Redirection Toward Massachusetts Are Going To Be PISSED To Hear This Latest News Doesn't Have A Republican To Blame It All On
It is fitting that the school closing plan does not have Mayor Nutter's finger prints on it (yet). No doubt Superintendent Hite ran the plan by the good mayor and got his blessing.
As a person who is observing and analyzing
The Embedded Confidence Men are working according to a plan.
THEY KNOW I AM TELLING THE TRUTH about the condition of the "Mission Accomplished Cities" that are at the periphery of the American government hierarchy.
Though many of them have been producing results that would get a lesser man fired and then run out of town for "hurting the Least Of These" - they understand that if they can HOLD THE TROOPS TOGETHER at the local levels as they grow their POWER in the upper rungs of government (the state and federal levels) that they have a chance at staying in power for one more interval of time.
By diverting the attention of "The Blacks" away from the condition of the local institutions, toward a perpetual fight against the EXTERNAL RIGHT-WING THREAT - who is either DENYING THEM RESOURCES or plotting to come back in and TAKE THE SEATS OF POWER from FAVORABLE PROGRESSIVES IN POWER - they can achieve the necessary transference of "The STRUGGLE" - away from the local seats of power who were once worthy of protest for failing Black people, upward and outward toward where ever THE RIGHT WING resides.
In their grand "Nationalized Social Justice Scheme" Theory - once the nation's finances are flowing in line with JUSTICE - then all of these problems that the aggrieved community had placed into abeyance will be fixed.
THIS IS A FAILED/FRAUDULENT/CONFIDENCE SCHEME.
The BLACK COMMUNITY will ONLY be fixed by ESTABLISHING A STRONG "GOVERNANCE CULTURE"......
- Where "Community Salvation" Through Politics is kept to a rational portion of the "Struggle". Instead it IS "The Struggle" today
- Where TRANSPARENCY is the rule of the day
- Where THE BLACK PRESS serves as a MUCKRACKING FORCE to the ESTABLISHMENT on behalf OF THE PEOPLE. Today they are the MARKETING AGENT OF THE ESTABLISHMENT to the RANK & FILE, as they solicit their CONGREGATIONAL UNITY
While Paid Black Journalists talk about RACISM as the key reason for the high Black unemployment rate - they have a vested interest in avoiding consideration of how "Systematic Racism Chasing" which UNDERDEVELOPS THE BLACK GOVERNING CULTURE is now a greater force.
They are merely TOO BLIND to see WHERE THE BLACK COMMUNITY SHOULD BE as they instead choose to look at what the WHITE PEOPLE have in their possession but then (fraudulently) choose to partner with "White Allies" against the White Right wing who are mostly guilty of RESISTING the both of them, OFFENDING them in the process.
PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHOULD BE OFFENSIVE TO YOU!!!