Looking at Philadelphia as Preview for Future of CPS School Closings


As Chicago Public Schools decides which schools they’ll be closing before the start of the next school year, WBEZ Reporter Becky Vevea traveled to Philadelphia to look at how a school building’s life plays out when it is no longer filled with children.

We look around and there’s this community here that just stares at an empty school building. I worry about the message that sends to the kids that go to school right across the street. I think it makes kids feel as if their prospects are limited.

- Lee Marcus, Senior at the University of Pennsylvania, and student mentor.

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