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Philadelphia plans to close 37 schools

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 12/30/2012 @ 8:23 pm In Education,Front Page,Money,U.S. | No Comments

PHILADELPHIA — Like many public schools here, University City High School is underused, underfinanced and underperforming.

Nearly 80 percent of its 11th-grade students read below grade level in statewide tests this year, while 85 percent failed to make the grade in math. Last year, about only a quarter of its students participated in precollege testing like the SAT.

Largely because of the lure of localcharter schools, the school is one-quarter full, with fewer than 600 students for its nearly 2,200 seats. It needs major work on its infrastructure, including lighting and heating systems, that would cost an estimated $30 million.

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