Teachers and parents gathered on the steps of de Burgos Elementary School at 4th and Lehigh to decry school budget cuts and demand more funding.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett released a statement on the Philadelphia School District Wednesday afternoon that said he is dedicated to finding a solution that is fiscally responsible and student-focused.
With a new cigarette tax and pressure for other revenue the president of Philadelphia’s city council is still hoping to keep the schools intact.
Many schools are threatened with severe cutbacks, but Helen Gym, co-founder of Parents United For Public Education, says there is crisis after crisis because the School Reform Commission keeps hiring out-of city superintendents and forgets basic values.
It was a show of solidarity at the Thomas Mifflin School in East Falls as students, parents, and community advocates staged a rally urging political leaders to help fund a school district budget shortfall of $304 million.
Council President Darrell Clarke postponed a Thursday morning budget hearing until next Tuesday. He hopes that will be the time when the council members come to an agreement on the perplexing budget.
Mayor Nutter begs to differ with some state lawmakers who accuse him of failing to provide answers to their questions about the city’s budget crisis.