by Martha Woodall, Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/29/14
The fallout from the abrupt closing of the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School is spreading.
Teachers say they fear they won’t be paid for working in December. And amid rumors that the charter’s flagship building in Northern Liberties would be liquidated to pay creditors, several teachers decided to retrieve personal items Monday – but were initially thwarted by security.
Frustrated parents held a protest.
“It’s unfair to receive notification over the weekend that the school will be closed,” said Jihan Pauling, a parent who organized a rally outside the charter’s main campus.
Citing insurmountable financial obstacles, the Palmer charter sent letters to families and staff on Friday informing them that the school would close permanently Wednesday.
The move sent teachers on quests for new jobs and information about filing for unemployment, and left families of the school’s 675 students in kindergarten through eighth grade scrambling for new schools….
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