About a dozen protesters have planted themselves on the cold tile outside Mayor Nutter’s office with a live-streaming video camera, and they plan to stay there until the School Reform Commission votes Thursday on closing 29 district schools.
The protesters, including members of the advocacy groups Action United and Parents United, want a one-year moratorium on school closings.
The sit-in began in the afternoon, after Nutter and schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. met with Philadelphia NAACP leader Jerry Mondesire, members of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity and Action United.
Nutter “nodded and took a lot of notes,” Mondesire said, but did not agree to support the moratorium. That’s when the sit-in began, followed by a larger rally and puppet show (featuring a paper mache version of Nutter driving a bulldozer over some kids dressed as schoolhouses) outside City Hall.