UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.
All Philadelphia public schools are now also closed on Friday because of the continued poor conditions, officials said Thursday evening. No decision has been made yet on whether administrative offices will be closed on Friday.
ORIGINALLY: Amid all the weather-related craziness, there's been some confusion over whether school will be held on Monday, Feb. 17 - President's Day, a long-scheduled holiday for students and staff. A service note from SEPTA erroneously said that Philadelphia public schools would be open to make up for all the snow days we've had this school year, and some folks have picked that up via social media and other news outlets.
My colleague Martha Woodall wrote today that charter school costs will be $25 million more than the Philadelphia School District had budgeted for. The district will spend about $700 million on the 67,315 Philadelphia students enrolled in charters this school year.
The reasons? It's mostly because charter schools have enrolled about 1,600 more students than their caps say they ought to have.
The district pays charters $8,596 per student, or $22,242 for students who receive special-education services.
Update: Gov. Corbett canceled his appearance at Central High today, avoiding a protest by about 300 people at the school. He held a news conference in Center City to announce the appointments of Bill Green and Farah Jiminez to the SRC.
Corbett said he did not go to Central because he feared it would be a distraction to the students and said "adult theatrics" ruined his plans.
Here's the previous post:
Frigid weather and old buildings, many of which are in poor repair, wreaked havoc in some Philadelphia School District schools.
Because of a water main break in the city, dozens of Philadelphia public schools closed at 11:30. (List updated, 12 p.m.)
UPDATED, 1 p.m.
I wrote in today's paper about the loss of the Space Research Center program, for 50 years a flagship program at Northeast High, the city's largest school.
Students at several Philadelphia public high schools walked out of class today.
A school district official confirmed the walkout. Students from Ben Franklin, Mastbaum, South Philadelphia, Furness, Dobbins, School of the Future, Kensington CAPA, Overbrook and Penn Treaty high schools walked out around noon.
As many as 600 students walked out, district spokesman Fernando Gallard said.