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Philadelphia School Budget

(Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside the Gideon School in Strawberry Mansion.  City of Phila. photo)

Philly Schools Funding Proposal Causing Widespread Consternation

Mayor Nutter says he’s concerned that the proposed graduated split in sales tax proceeds would need approval from the state General Assembly.

05/15/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, shortly after his school funding plan was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

‘Compromise’ School Funding Bill Aired in Phila. City Council

The Philadelphia school funding crisis was coming to a head in City Council as the Council president introduced a bailout plan that neither the mayor, state lawmakers, nor school advocates are likely to embrace.

05/15/2014

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., left, and city finance director Rob Dubow, right.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Phila. Schools Starved For Cash, Councilman Irked By Property Tax Abatements

City councilman Wilson Goode Jr. is accusing the Nutter administration of ignoring the needs of the school district by opposing his plan to scale back the city’s ten-year property tax abatement.

05/14/2014

(Jerry Jordan, head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, testifies before City Council about how the union would like to see the schools funded.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Lawmakers Hear Competing Views on School Budget Options

Teachers’ union president Jerry Jordan called on City Council to allocate all $120 million from a city sales tax extension to schools.

05/07/2014

(Philadelphia schools commissioner William Hite, left, and SRC chair Bill Green testify before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. School District Says It Needs Hundreds of Millions More Next Year

The district is already counting on City Council to provide $120 million more for next year by extending the one-percent city sales tax hike. But that’s far from a done deal. And it says it wants $96 million beyond that.

05/05/2014

(Mayor Nutter, at left, shares a group hug and some private inspirational words with 18 students at George Washington High School following their chat about school financing.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Mayor Nutter Makes First Stop on Public Schools ‘Listening Tour’

His visit to George Washington High School, on Bustleton Avenue in the Northeast, was the first of four around the district.

04/30/2014

(Philadelphia school district CFO Matt Stansky, left, and superintendent William Hite.   Photo by Pat Loeb)

Even With Sales Tax Revenue, Phila. Schools Prepare to Lay Off 1,000 More Teachers

Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite (at right in photo) says he wants to keep the conversation on revenue — where the needed funds will come from — and not on the cuts that would ensue if it doesn’t arrive.

04/25/2014

(Matt Olesh speaks to reporters at a press conference outside Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Lawyers Urge City Council To Send Sales Tax Windfall to Philly’s Schools

The two dozen attorneys are urging councilmembers to extend the city sales tax hike to provide $120 million for the cash-starved Philadelphia School District.

04/24/2014

(Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Public School Principals Plead Budget Case To Councilmembers

“Schools are not okay the way they are,” says Cindy Farlino, principal of the Meredith School, in Queen Village. “They opened, and our kids came, but they are not okay.”

03/27/2014

(Education activist Helen Gym, standing outside a charter school in Chinatown she helped found.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Phila. Education Firebrand Helen Gym To Receive White House Award

Helen Gym is well known among local government and educational leaders for keeping them on their toes. The Philadelphia community activist will be honored at the White House next week for her service to the city.

03/27/2014

(Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Area Early Education Advocates Send A Message — With A Face — To Harrisburg

“People should take a selfie and they should tweet it with the hashtag #IamPreK,” said the head of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children at their annual conference.

03/21/2014

(Parking meters in Manayunk.  File photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Rate Hike Proposed For Philadelphia Parking Meters

None of this affects the core of center city and University City, where multi-space kiosks are used rather than the old-style meters.

03/20/2014

(Bondine High School, in 2006 file photo.)

Amid Phila. School Budget Woes, World Affairs Council Severs From Bodine H.S.

The Philadelphia school district’s international magnet school, Bodine High School for International Affairs, is named for the World Affairs Council chairman who helped start it in 1981.

03/19/2014

(Commonwealth Association of School Administrators' president Rob McGrogan, in file photo. Credit: Mike DeNardo/ KYW)

Philadelphia Public School Principals Agree To 16% Pay Cuts

Eighty-three percent of the principals’ union membership voted to accept the contract concessions that also require them to pay health care premiums.

03/17/2014

(Susan Gobreski, at lectern, and other education advocates speak to reporters at Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Group Wants Continuation of Phila. Sales Tax Hike to Fill School Funding Gap

A coaltion of organizations wants City Council to approve a one-percent sales tax extension and use all of the proceeds — about $120 million — for the Philadelphia schools.

03/13/2014

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