Philadelphia school parents, students and staff are coming to grips with the impending closure of 23 public schools. Officials said the closings are because of the district's dire financial condition. (March 8)
SHOTLIST:AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYPhiladelphia - March 8, 2013SHOTLIST:1. Close-up of sign at University City High School, which will be closing in June2. SOUNDBITE: Timothy Stults/University City High School Principal"Well, this morning obviously there's a lot of turmoil in the building. A lot of kids are upset about the, now decision to close the school. You know, our kids had really fought the good fight for the last three months."3. Wide shot, exterior of University City HS4. Close-up of another sign for University City HS5. SOUNDBITE: Timothy Stults/University City High School Principal"The school right now holds only about 500 students in a building that was originally designed for about 2,000 students. So it's under capacity and not in very good condition. Those are the primary reasons for closing the building."6. Wide shot, walkway in front of University City HS7. SOUNDBITE: Timothy Stults/University City High School Principal"They're experiencing the grief process the way anybody else would. It's been a difficult time."8. Wide shot, people walking in front of Alexander Wilson Elementary School, which will be closing in June9. Close-up of sign, Wilson school10. SOUNDBITE: Tina Hughes/Parent of pre-K student at Wilson"I feel as though the school closing is really unnecessary and inconvenient. I live directly across the street, and the school they're trying to send her to is about maybe half-an-hour away from where I'm at now. They're not providing buses for the kids, they're not providing transportation if they have to get on a SEPTA bus, they're not going to pay for her to get back and forth, and it's really inconvenient." 11. Wide shot, Wilson school12. SOUNDIBTE: Jerry Jordan/President of Philadelphia teachers union"This is totally, these decisions are being totally about one thing, and that one thing is money. Money. Not about what we have committed our lives to, and that's working an making things better for the young people in the schools."STORYLINE:Philadelphia school parents, students and staff are coming to grips with the impending closure of 23 public schools.University City High School Principal Timothy Stults said Friday his students are grieving the loss of their school, which will close in June.A day earlier, officials voted to shutter about 10 percent of the city's schools because of the district's dire financial condition. Hundreds of protesters staged a massive rally before the meeting, and 19 people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.Philadelphia joins a string of urban districts _ including Pittsburgh, Detroit and Milwaukee _ that have sought to offset low enrollment and high maintenance costs through mass closures.Stults said his school is in poor shape, but attendance and achievement have gone up in recent years.