The Republican-dominated legislature in Pennsylvania passed a radical bill that could lead to the closure of public schools in Philadelphia.
The district superintendent William Hite called the bill “a recipe for disaster.”

“Aimed squarely at the Philadelphia School District, the “opportunity schools” language would remove from local control up to five low-performing schools per year.

“The state Department of Education would seize the struggling Philadelphia schools for at least three years, with the option to either turn the schools over to either a charter or outside manager or close them outright….

“Forcing the district to lose five schools per year – and possibly creating that many more charters – would deepen the very financial problems that cause lawmakers to be skeptical of Philadelphia.”

The district has been controlled by the state since 2001.