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Philadelphia superintendent says closing plan will be modified


After getting lots of feedback from the community, Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. says changes will be made to his school closings plan, but he declined to be specific, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The district projects saving about $28 million a year over five years if Hite's plan to close 37 schools moves forward. The district has heard from about 4,000 people at 14 meetings and has received 38 alternate proposals from activists, educators, a state legislator, and others. Hite says he will not support a one-year moratorium on closings, as some have proposed. Six more meetings for input are scheduled for this week.

Earlier: 37 schools targeted for closure in Philadelphia.

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