After a long day of protests, Philadelphia's School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to close 23 city schools and merge or relocate five others. Four schools — T.M. Peirce and Bayard Taylor elementary schools, Roosevelt Middle, and Paul Robeson High — were spared.
WHYY's education reporter, Benjamin Herold, observed on Twitter some of the things you might not have seen when reacting to the SRC's decision.
Eric loves living in South Philly and is very happy to be working in public media again as a NewsWorks web producer. Before moving to Philadelphia, he spent some time on the “dark side” producing web content at MTV Networks in New York. Eric did some freelance work for WNYC, but prior to that he lived in Minneapolis and produced websites and email newsletters for many of Minnesota Public Radio’s programs. Highlights from that time include meetings with a barefoot Garrison Keillor in his office, biking around the beautiful lakes of Minneapolis, and eating plenty of cheese curds, corn dogs and pronto pups at the Minnesota State Fair every year. Eric is originally from Michigan and wears his Detroit Tigers cap with pride.
May 24 - Elizabeth Fiedler @EAFiedler Additional reporting by Holly Otterbein @HollyOtterbein
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's new column on the Philly.com website debuted this week.
The website is owned by the same company as the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News. Company officials responded to criticism of the More »