What do you think about the proposed Northwest Philadelphia school closings? [Updated]

Update: Vera Primus, president of the Germantown High School alumni association, told NewsWorks on Monday that there will be a public meeting at the high school at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the proposed closing. “Interested parties must attend, so the school district hears our united voice saying, it’s not going to happen on our watch,” Primus said.

There was a lot of educational news to digest with Thursday’s announcement that the School District of Philadelphia is proposing to close one-sixth of its schools, a move that would affect about 17,000 students.

Northwest Philadelphia was hit hard in this announcement, with the proposed closing of Germantown High School and five other schools in Germantown and West Oak Lane.

NewsWorks wants to hear from Northwest Philadelphia residents in advance of the Dec. 19 public meeting at Martin Luther King High School Promise Acadamy.

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Now that you’ve had a day to reflect on the announcement, do you think the School District’s proposal is fair?

Do you think Germantown High, a neighborhood mainstay since its 1914 construction, will actually close at school year’s end?

If so, are you worried about the ramifications of sending GHS students to rival MLK High? (Information about plans for where students will go to school if their current school closes can be found on this list.)

What do you like about the plan?

What do you oppose?

The floor is yours. Share your thoughts in the comments section or email them to us (with “Northwest Philly school closings” in the subject line).

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