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Parents Gather To Protest Philadelphia School Closings

(Credit: Jim Melwert)

(Credit: Jim Melwert)

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By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today, City Council will hear from Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite, on what he says is a 300-million dollar budget hole in the district.

Superintendent Hite released what’s called a “doomsday scenario” budget proposal.

That’s sparking some protests.

With signs like “tripling out taxes, crippling our schools”, frustrated parents gathered at Meredith Elementary at 5th and Fitzwater Monday morning and then marched to City Hall.

It’s what the school district will have to do if they don’t get money from the city or the state to close a $300-million budget hole in the 2.7-billion dollar budget.

Dr. Hite says that would mean cuts to guidance counselors, secretaries, aides, arts, extracurricular activities, and sports.

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