ThePhiladelphia School District has tens of thousands more seats than students, and the empty space will only grow in years to come. The district has 43,500 more seats than students, and it could have as many as 61,000 in five years. There is no timetable for when school closings or other plans might be put into place. Citywide, there are about 167,000 students enrolled in district-run schools. Counting charter school pupils, there are about 200,000 public school students in Philadelphia. To read The Philadelphia Inquirer article, click here.