Up for a vote tonight in Philadelphia is a plan to close 30 schools. The vote will be taken by the School Reform Commission, which, no, is not elected. I've been following #phillyeducation on Twitter for the latest. There was a large protest outside the building beforehand, then number of protesters blocked the doors before the meeting and were arrested; among them was Randi Weingarten, the national president of the American Federation of Teachers.
I'd recommend the Notebook as a good source for information.
I'll try to do a longer post this evening on this. Philadelphia is not alone; Chicago is facing a plan to close 13% of their schools, and there are many others.