Philadelphia School Budget
City Council president Darrell Clarke got fellow lawmakers to agree to a plan that would recover money sent to the school district by selling some unused school buildings to developers.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority has received state permission to issue 150 new taxicab medallions, each of which could fetch $400,000.
The Space Research Center, a program that for fifty years allowed Northeast students to create simulated space missions, is being shut down for lack of school district funding.
Developer Brooke Lenfest (center of photo) wants to build two hotels — a “W” and an “Element” — on what is now a parking lot at 15th and Chestnut Streets.
Philadelphia school district chief operating officer Fran Burns told Council’s Rules Committee that passage of the bill doesn’t guarantee that the district will follow through on putting ads in schools.
Councilmembers complained to school district CFO Matthew Stanski (left) that the district keeps them in the dark each year about budget woes until the last possible minute.
Outside the American Legion hall where he spoke, 100 school advocates chanted “One-term Tom,” blasting his education funding.
The School District of Philadelphia is hoping to have a web page listing its surplus properties for sale up and running by noon Thursday.
The sponsor of the measure, Councilman Bill Green, says selling tax liens on foreclosed properties would bring millions to the school district that the city otherwise would never see.
A press release says Ramos, who has served two years as chairman of the SRC, resigned “to attend to recent, unexpected news within his family.”
The artworks, taken from schools including Wilson Middle School, include paintings by noted artist Henry Ossawa Tanner.
Even though Mayor Nutter is against it, Philadelphia City Council has voted unanimously to approve its own plan to provide $50 million for the school district.
The money had been approved by the state legislature this year but held up by the Corbett administration, which said the money was contingent on whether the school district obtained sufficient concessions from the Philadelphia teachers’ union.
On Wednesday afternoon Mayor Nutter said he was thankful that Gov. Corbett finally cut the check for the $45 million for the school district.
Over the objections of the Nutter administration, a City Council committee has approved its own plan to funnel an extra $50 million to the city’s cash-starved school district.