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Philadelphia School Reform Commission To Adopt Budget, Wait For Government Cash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The School Reform Commission, Tuesday night, is expected to adopt a stripped-down budget for next year, as it awaits more government money.

They will adopt a budget Tuesday, with the hopes of amending it later if more cash arrives from the city or the state. State law requires the School Reform Commission to adopt a balanced budget by the end of May.

The SRC is scheduled, at a 5 p.m. meeting, to vote on a $2.8 billion budget that closes a $629 million gap by eliminating full-day kindergarten, cuts most yellow bus transportation and trims 3,800 jobs.

The district has asked the city for $75 to $110 million in additional funding, and it’s also waiting to see if the state legislature restores any money on top of Governor Corbett’s offering. In the meantime, the district was negotiating with SEPTA, and officials last week were optimistic that student TransPasses on the chopping block would be preserved.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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