Parents in Saginaw have started a petition to keep two schools open after they were placed on a state closure list earlier this year.

Saginaw High and Loomis Elementary were among the 38 schools that were placed on the state closure list due to poor performance.

The State School Reform Office put the list together based on the bottom 5% for academic performance, several years in a row.

The petition to keep the schools open has already gained more than 500 signatures.  The body of the petition states:

Closing schools does not improve academic outcomes. Instead, forced school relocations cause unnecessary hardship and leave a devastating void in the community. We are not willing to subject our children to long commutes and we will not send them into environments where they are not welcomed

If you would like to read the entire petition, or sign it to support the schools in Saginaw, you can click here.