PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia City Council is on its very long summer vacation after passing a property tax increase for the schools. But some players in the school drama say there are struggles ahead.
Parent and president of activist group Parents United, Gerald Wright, notes there will be fewer teachers. Now that the temporary tax battle is over where would the veteran school watcher put any extra money that comes along?
“I would spend it on teachers. Quite frankly when you put more teachers, and more teachers support, more adults into the schools you increase the ability of young people to interact with an adult in a responsible way and I believe you reduce incidents,” says Wright.
Jerry Jordan thinks the tax increase is only a temporary fix. He is very concerned about the number of teachers being laid off.
“…1,672 teachers and 887 non-instructional support personnel. I hope it’s the last of it and I don’t know how our schools will function in September if those numbers remain.”
Larry Kane’s interview can be heard in this CBS Philly ‘Specials Place’ podcast…
Reported By Special Contributor Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio