When ninth-grader Zach Kaufmann found out his school was one of 27 targeted for closure in Philadelphia, he fought back, the Associated Press reports. He joined a youth activist group, attended numerous community gatherings and even addressed district leaders at a public meeting. But his passion for Carroll High School was no match for the district's dire financial situation. The School Reform Commission voted Thursday to shut Carroll and 22 other public schools at the end of this academic year. Four buildings were spared.

"I've really done a lot to show them how much I love Carroll," Kaufmann said Friday. "I...

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