School closures and safety


The Philadelphia School District’s proposed plan to close 37 public schools by the end of the school year has some people worried about safety. Under the new plan, 17,000 students will be relocated and will have to find their way in new schools.  Fourteen of the schools being closed are among the most violent in the district.  In addition, some of the proposed mergers – like Germantown High with Martin Luther King High — have long standing rivalries that could lead to gang-related violence.  This hour, what impact will the planned closures have on school safety?  Marty talks about the issue with MALIK AZIZ, facilitator and trainer with the National Gang Crime Research Center, BEN HEROLD, WHYY’s education reporter, and KARYN LYNCH, Chief of Student Support Services for the Philadelphia School District.

Photo by Flickr user Karen Christine Hibbard

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