Philadelphia School District To Present Budget To City Council

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The School District of Philadelphia goes before City Council today, and officials are expected to paint a bleak financial picture. The School District is facing a well-documented $629-million shortfall.

District Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman (pictured) will present that budget to Council today. Masch says the city’s contribution has been flat for years, and right now the district is getting $300 million less from the state.

“This has been a very difficult time for the city economically,” Masch says. “The superintendent and the School Reform Commission recognize that. We all recognize that. But we’ve also shown what price we’re going to have to pay if we leave the School District budget the way it is.”

Masch says he and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman will outline to City Council what will happen if more revenue isn’t found: “We’re not expecting to see all the cuts in funding restored. But we do hope that they will be reduced so that the School District of Philadelphia will not have to impose as much pain on students, on families, on teachers and on the entire community.”

He says that price would include cutting full-day kindergarten back to half days, eliminating most bus transportation and trimming art, music and athletics.

The state provides more than half of the district’s operating revenues — the city, about 30%.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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One Comment

  1. dereck kennedy says:

    Why raise taxes the teachers don’t even live in the city.They take the money and run to N.J. or Delaware.Make them move back then I’m for raising taxes.

  2. Donna Lauria says:

    This issue – and all the negative issues that surround the City of Philadelphia – are because of the PROPERTY TAXES in Philadelphia being so low they are non-existent.

    In Sharon Hill, where we have lived for almost 2-1/2 years, the schools are not in trouble. Our trash is collected TWICE A WEEK. I live in a CLEAN, SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD. Our yearly taxes are $2,800 – and it’s worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY.

    The propertaxy taxes need to be raised in Philadelphia – this is the only way the city will survive.

  3. Grape Ape says:

    How much does it cost to keep that AA sheb00n in flowers and orange jackets?

    1. Oh, stop it. says:

      Respectfully, will you stop? Orange jackets don’t cost any more than any other color jacket. There really are things that the district is wasting money on, would you please not distract from those things with your ridiculous knee-jerk fashion advice? Thank you.

      1. Guess Who says:

        It suits her. It’s the same color as a prison jumpsuit.

        BTW, grow a sense of humor, would you?

  4. Bob says:

    Increasing taxes would impose more pain on families. My real estate taxes went up 9.9% while my property value delined 20%, resulting in a 30% tax increase.

    1. Grape Ape says:

      No, your taxes went up 9.9%. Your tax RATE went up 30%.

  5. Reform in Philly says:

    Where is more revenue supposed to be “Found”? There is no magic here. Either taxes get raised or something else gets cut. Maybe Queen Arlene can take a pay cut (apparently she may make $500,000 this year) and some of the useless people in administration can be laid-off. Please read:

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