THERE IS no good time for the closure of an elementary school that is safe and provides a quality education to our children, but in Philadelphia there could be no worse time for schools of choice to close. The School Reform Commission appears rudderless, and the tumult is likely to continue as the search begins for a new superintendent. Charter schools are operating at capacity; many have long waiting lists.
The neighborhood parish schools slated to be closed at their current locations include St. Bridget School, in East Falls; Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Sacred Heart of Jesus, in South Philadelphia (which wants to merge at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel location); Immaculate Conception, in Jenkintown; and Nativity BVM, in Media. The loss of these schools would be devastating to their communities. Let us show faith in the future by taking the necessary steps to save these elementary schools.