Kristen Graham and Tony Graham of Philly.com report that forty-eight public schools in Philadelphia will remain open on nights and weekends to accommodate programs and athletic events for thousands of Philadelphia young people through March 17. According to Graham, this eleventh-hour deal saw the city put up $175,000 to not shut the schools down on nights and weekends.
It’s nice to see that cooler heads prevailed and that adults in charge remembered our children first. Sadly, this is not the last difficulty our kids are in due to the fiscal crisis in our schools. Maybe these same problem solvers can work to solve the District’s budget crunch so our kids are no longer trapped in the middle. Our schools are for our children, after all. Even after the dismissal bell rings.