Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, says raising property taxes by nine percent is the only way the city can raise the additional $103 million the school district needs next year.
The report, by the Policy Lab at Children’s Hospital, says 17 percent of Philadelphia school students have been involved with DHS or the juvenile justice system, and 20 percent of those in high schools.
Lori Shorr, the mayor’s chief education officer, admits the city hasn’t quite reached the mayor’s graduation rate goal.
District officials are now wondering if universal enrollment can simplify things for Philadelphia students.
The mayor’s proposed budget contains no extra money for the school district. But members of the School Reform Commission said last week they need $60 million more from the city.
A plan to give every Philadelphia child the option to attend a high-quality school was the focus of the School Reform Commission last night.
A search team is now in place, to help the School Reform Commission find Philadelphia’s next schools superintendent.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is holding a grant competition that promotes collaborations between school district and charter schools. On Tuesday, Mayor Nutter is expected to announce that the Foundation has accepted Philadelphia’s application for the competition.
The help comes in two forms: The mayor’s Chief Education Officer Lori Shorr and former district Chief Academic Officer Ed Williams will each serve as executive advisers to acting superintendent Lee Nunery during the search for a permanent superintendent.