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In September, Philly Will Have Schools With No Counselors, Librarians, Secretaries or Sports Teams

Liz Dwyer

Public school parents are used to filling in budget gaps by purchasing books and supplies for classrooms, but the budget just passed by the city's School Reform Commission eliminates counselors, librarians, assistant principals, secretaries, aides, and sports teams. Ronnie Polaneczky, asks, "Are we parents supposed to quit our jobs so we can guide children, maintain library catalogs, administer the staff, answer the phones and maintain student records?" And how do we even call this education?

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  • Jessica DeJesus

    Do we know of ways the city of Philly may be trying to solve this? Or what we can do Nationally?

    It's crazy that during swift, natural disasters, we're quick to react, donate and help. But we lose that vigor when the "disaster" is much smaller and slow-moving. Teachers have enough pressure with overcrowded classrooms. Parents often lack the time if they're working day and night just to keep the lights on. Who will/can take on the responsibility?

    No librarians? Does that mean no libraries either... little access to books? No counselors? What will happen to the juniors and seniors applying to college? And no sports teams = eliminating one of the best paths to building character, dedication, drive, camaraderie, etc.!

    This is heartbreaking.