Philadelphia district has more than 70,000 empty classroom seats

Jan. 20, 2011
Administrators say unused building capacity is much higher than previously reported

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia School District administrators reported to members of the School Reform Commission that a detailed, school-by-school analysis of district buildings has revealed there are more than 70,000 empty seats - not 45,000, as they told them two months ago. The new number emerged as the district began work on a long-range facilities plan that could result in closing some of the district's 284 schools, relocating programs to underused buildings, offering space to charter schools, and finding new uses for unneeded buildings.

NOVEMBER 2010...from The Philadelphia Inquirer: There are more empty desks in Philadelphia School District schools -- 45,000 -- than there are seats in Citizens Bank Park, and the district is working on a long-range plan to solve the problem. The district is preparing to create a master facilities plan that will result in closing or finding new uses for some of the district's 284 schools and in upgrading others.

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