Philadelphia Schools Put Kindergarten, Middle School Sports On Chopping Block

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Full-day kindergarten and interscholastic sports in middle schools are on the chopping block, as the school district closes its budget gap.

Full-day kindergarten would be cut back to half-days. There would be no sports competitions between middle schools, and thousands of district employees would lose their jobs under the Philadelphia school district’s plan to close a $629 million budget gap.

“We anticipate a reduction in workforce of 3800 positions.  that is a 16-percent reduction, including about 1200 teacher positions,” District budget chief Michael Masch says it’s the result of unprecedented state funding cuts.

And he says if money isn’t restored before the district budget is adopted at the end of next month, the entire instrumental music and athletics programs could be eliminated.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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  • kathelleen

    In stead of cutting the kindergarten and sports, how about following what the Catholic’s school- cut out middle school entirely. Not only the Catholic schools use this method because it is financially works, but developmentally it is better for the students. Do you ever hear in the news about any Catholic schools going on a shooting spree or suicides? I think this is a great approach that ALL school districts should work on since they are ALL crying poor. And just stop taking those testing, they are all a bunch of lies.

  • Brian

    Cut salaries and benefits not programs. Unions and poor leadership have created the problem, not the children.

  • sheriff

    That’s right, cut the programs that are most needed, prey on the weak & those with no power all the while giving tax breaks to the wealthy & employing dead wood high paying salaries for the likes of a real s…..t head schools superintendent. Ah, it American politics getting ahead while you step on your brother as a springboard.

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