Lawyers Urge City Council To Send Sales Tax Windfall to Philly’s Schools
By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group of Philadelphia attorneys is taking their case for school funding not to a judge, but to City Council.
The two dozen attorneys are urging councilmembers to extend the city sales tax hike (see related story) to provide $120 million for the cash-starved Philadelphia School District.
Council president Darrell Clarke wants to split the revenue between the schools and the city pension system. The school district, however, is banking on that $120 million, and Matt Olesh — an attorney with the firm of Fox Rothschild and the parent of a three-year-old — says the schools should take precedence.
“Pensions are certainly important,” Olesh said today. “And I think that there’s still time to address that. The school crisis and the funding crisis for the district is happening right now.”