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January 21st, 2013
Will zombies keep a Philadelphia school from closing its doors?
Despite their zombie makeup, there was nothing lifeless about the members of the Philadelphia Student Union on Wednesday, TakePart.com reports. PSU members, dressed as zombies, gathered in front of the Philadelphia Public School District (PPS) building to protest the district’s plan to close 37 public schools. The students executed a flash mob dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in protest of the potential school closures. Their zombie attire, and signs reading “RIP Philly’s Schools,” symbolized their ‘dead’ futures without the education of Philadelphia public schools. The zombie students are not the only ones up in arms about the school closure proposal. When Philadelphia Superintendent William Hiite announced his plan to shut several public schools in December, the backlash from parents, kids, and teachers was immediate. To date, Hiite plans to close 21 elementary schools, five middle schools and 11 high schools…