Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

Just to back up, my name is Anne Gemmell. I'm the Political Director at Fight for Philly. Fight for Philly is an active supporter of the PCAPS Coalition, and we stand with the many, many, many community folks, parents, teachers, students who think that this plan is not a good idea, not well evaluated and, as Council President himself said, was created by bean counters. We believe that fervently, and we're happy to see this moratorium put into place.

That being said, we don't believe that the plan will cost -- we don't believe that the plan will save money in the long run. In Washington, DC when Michelle Rhee also tried to implement a massive butchering of school closings, it ended up costing three times what she said it was going to save all along. So we don't believe it's going to save money. That's the first thing.

But, more importantly, we don't think and don't believe from all the community meetings that we've heard and all the people that we've organized, we don't believe for a second that it is fair that all these communities, our most vulnerable communities, are going to be plunged into chaos for less than one percent savings. That is absurd. And we're so happy that Councilpeople are willing to go out publicly and take a stand against this very ill-conceived plan.

That being said, we are in a crisis. We have a state budget crisis, and that is where this crisis -- the road of this crisis leads to Harrisburg. There's no doubt about it. And this Coalition will be just as organized. We will be just as organized. We will be just as fired up in Harrisburg, when Corbett comes to Philadelphia. When there's a bus trip to Harrisburg, we will be ready to fight, and we are looking for you to lead the way. We are looking for you.

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