Philadelphia School Budget
They were getting a less-than-warm reception.
Cafeteria workers and noontime aides at Philadelphia public school have agreed to a new contract that calls for wage increases and work rule changes.
Schools superintendent Wiliam Hite says the cash-strapped school district is simply exploring ways to expand student health services without spending more money.
Nutter has begun a series of school visits he hopes will highlight the unique programs that would benefit from an increase in city and state funding.
Hopping on a bus parked on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the fifty men and women say they are young professionals rallying for fair education funding for Philadelphia schools.
The school district wants more than $100 million above the city’s current contribution. The Nutter administration proposes raising $105 million with a 9.3-percent hike in property taxes. Councilmembers are already discussing alternate means.
Right now, the district’s $2.9-billion preliminary budget for next year is short, according to CFO Matt Stanski.
KYW Newsradio has learned that Mayor Nutter will propose a hefty increase in city property taxes in order to give the cash-starved Philadelphia School District an extra $100 million.
The district faces an $80-million deficit next year, but SRC chair Bill Green says adding five charters won’t break the budget because four of the schools would open in 2016.
The mayor believes Wolf’s election will boost the prospects for passage of dedicated, student-weighted state funding for all school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The district is appealing to Commonwealth Court, where it seeks a judgment on whether the School Reform Commission has the authority to cancel the PFT contract.
Union president Jerry Jordan, in a statement, said the cancellation lacked legal merit and he called the act “cowardly and disrespectful.”
Despite the turmoil surrounding the Philadelphia school district’s budget crisis, one of its top high schools has reason again to celebrate.
Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers spent part of the morning rallying outside of public schools across the city.
“The school district is in a budget crisis … because the district has been subject to unprecedented state funding cuts. But not only unprecedented — discriminatory,” Michael Masch said.