Monday, April 20, 2009

FOLLOW THE MONEY

The School District's plans to close William Penn High School is very disturbing to me. I too wonder what Ruth Wright Hare would say about that.

My thoughts are simply this - watch the money. The location is in the center of the city - prime real estate. Your new SRC Chairman - a real estate attorney. Look closely at whatever paperwork they are passing out, especially the numbers for supporting their decision to close the school. We've seen how they double-dip the numbers when they closed Ada Lewis. We also watched them put in numbers for structural engineering services with a footnote stating that no walk through was performed. They don't expect us to actually be able to understand or dig into the information they provide.

Follow the money.

Philadelphia stands to gain about 100 million from the stimulus plan. Where's it gonna go? Do we have any input into deciding how the money will be spent? More than likely, the pie has already been sliced, even before it got here, and a few crumbs may actually be sprinkled to benefit the students.

It looks like we're about to be hoodwinked... again, as business proceeds as usual. What are we gonna do about it? Are we gonna continue to be divided? Are those who are "in the know" gonna continue to look the other way once they get what they want out of the deal? Will those who we the people have given political powers continue to sell us out? And who suffers the most? The children and youth. I said it before and I'll say it again...I'm sick of it.

I hope I'm wrong...it wouldn't be the first time and I'm always quick to admit when I am wrong. I really hope I'm wrong. In the meantime open your eyes and FOLLOW THE MONEY AND THE REAL ESTATE.

Peace and Love

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