Keep Philadelphia’s Public Schools Open

Target: Chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission board, Pedro A. Ramos

Goal: Stop shutting down public schools in Philadelphia.

In the next year, the Philadelphia school system plans to shut down 40 public schools, and more than 60 schools will be closed by the year 2017 according to current plans. It goes without saying that this is a huge concern. In today’s economy, good jobs are difficult to obtain without a bachelor’s degree. If these public schools continue to shut down, remaining schools will become overcrowded and more students will be likely to drop out.

Without an education, kids turn to dangerous alternative ways to make money. It is no secret that the crime rate in Philadelphia is high, but much of this crime is due to a lack of adequate schools. With a proper education, urban youth will remain out of trouble and secure gainful employment. In a city that is struggling economically as much as Philadelphia is, these children need their schools to keep them out of trouble and show them that success is possible. Urge the Philadelphia Board of Education to keep public schools open.


Dear Pedro A. Ramos,

The closing down of Philadelphia public schools must stop. When their schools are closed, children are robbed of a chance to become educated and successful and thus turn to crime. If you want not only for the crime rate in the city to go down, but also for the economy of the city to improve, it is imperative that you keep all current Philadelphia public schools open, and perhaps even create more.

The children of Philadelphia witness economic struggles every day, and without an education, they will think that this fate is inevitable. However, with even just a high school degree, children will be much more inclined to succeed and stay away from crime. If any more Philadelphia public schools close, it is inevitable that crime in the city will increase. You must help keep Philadelphia public schools open in order to benefit the larger community.


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One Comment

  1. Since when do our citizens no longer have the right to a public education? Do they have an alternative plan for the closing of schools, or do just the wealthy have the opportunity to pay for private schools?

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