EXPECT some fireworks Thursday night when the School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote on a plan to close 27 district schools.
Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.'s proposal has already been met with protests and demands for a one-year moratorium on the closings. The meeting will likely draw a passionate audience that will include politicians and civic leaders.
Thirty-two speakers have signed up to speak at the meeting, including Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Other scheduled speakers include state Rep. Curtis Thomas, D-Phila.; state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila.; Councilman Curtis Jones; George Ricchezza, who heads District 1201 of the Service Employees Internation Union 32BJ; and the Rev. Alyn Waller, senior pastor at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.