Philadelphia School Budget
School District of Philadelphia spoikeswoman Deirdre Darragh says they simply wanted to give parents a little more time, so the deadline has been extended to Friday, April 19th.
With two dozen schools permanently closing in June, about ten thousand Philadelphia students will attend new public schools next year.
The hearing lasted hours and was dominated by school parents and other advocates who object to the closure process.
Superintendent William Hite defended the salary increases, saying they coincided with additional responsibilities for employees in the district’s IT, finance, and human resources departments.
The school district’s five-year financial plan includes a huge loan, says chief recovery officer Tom Knudsen.
The head of the union that represents custodians in Philadelphia public schools says the school district is bargaining in bad faith, trying to dismantle the union while obtaining millions of dollars in concessions from workers.
City Council president Darrell Clarke says Council will hold two separate votes: one on the mayor’s proposed property tax overhaul, the other on the mayor’s proposed increase in School District funding.
It was a noisy protest by 2,000 school bus drivers and maintenance workers, marching and rallying against impending layoffs and school budget cuts.
A school district spokesman confirms that Masch is leaving “by mutual agreement” with the district.
The mayor concedes that some of the Philadelphia school cuts will be difficult but says the district’s future requires “shared sacrifice.”
The ruling could cost the city and the school district millions of dollars.
One day after the head of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission admitted to financial mismanagement under the SRC’s previous leadership, City Council members voiced misgivings about raising an extra $90 million to help bail out the school district.
In blunt testimony, SRC chairman Pedro Ramos said that the previous SRC applied stimulus money to new programs rather than using it to address the long-term structural imbalance of the district’s budget.
Mayor Nutter’s budget experts were in the hot seat as Philadelphia City Council opened hearings on Nutter’s plan to revamp the way property assessments are calculated in the city.
No new taxes: that’s the pledge — for now — from the Nutter administration.
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