Philadelphia School Budget

(Councilmen Wilson Goode, left, and Bill Greenlee confer as City Council receives a briefing in the Council caucus room from the consulting firm it hired to evaluate the PGW sale.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Council Set For Summer Recess With PGW Deal On Hold

Much to Mayor Nutter’s chagrin, his controversial plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works will not be introduced before City Council adjourns for the summer season.

06/19/2014

(School Reform Commission chair Bill Green describes the dire state of Philadelphia schools funding.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Pleads For Adequate City and State Funding

Philadelphia school district officials are warning of dire consequences if the city and state don’t quickly come through with millions in new funding.

06/17/2014

(Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Pa. Municipal Officials, Visiting Philadelphia, Lend a Neighborly Hand

Grassroots politicians from all across Pennsylvania are in Philadelphia for the annual Pennsylvania Municipal League convention. While here, they helped

06/17/2014

(University City High  School, in file photo)

Sale of University City High School To Drexel U. is Completed

Drexel paid $25 million for the school building, which the district closed last June.

06/16/2014

(File photo of University City High School, now closed.)

Sale of University City High School Expected to be Finalized Monday

The School District of Philadelphia’s plan to sell a shuttered high school to Drexel University appears to be a go, and that would mean an infusion of cash for the schools next week as officials struggle to pay the bills by month’s end.

06/12/2014

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Advance Plan To Borrow $27M For City Schools

But the lawmakers voiced frustration at how the school district conducts its business.

06/11/2014

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke confers with school advocates outside City Council chambers.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Council President Faults Phila. School District For Current Budget Gap

City Council president Darrell Clarke says the school district’s immediate need for $35 million by month’s end is a “self-inflicted wound” because the district, in his view, dragged its feet on selling old, shuttered buildings.

06/05/2014

(Philadelphia school district CFO Matthew Stanski, left,  and superintendent William Hite, testifying before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

$120M Relief For Philadelphia’s Schools Moves Forward in City Council

Even so, the proposed legislation does not fully meet the district’s needs for the coming year.

06/04/2014

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Officials Scrambling as School District Real Estate Sell-off Falters

At a Council hearing this morning, school district COO Fran Burns said seven of the 27 buildings have buyers, and the rest are not likely to bring in as much as had been hoped.

06/04/2014

(Heidi and Cole Hamels, far left and far right, present a ceremonial check to representatives of West Philadelphia High School.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Cole Hamels’ Foundation Underwrites More Projects For Area Schools

Students at West Philadelphia High erupted in cheers as Heidi Hamels announced the $8,700 grant to their school, one of six new Hamels Foundation gifts — totaling $51,000 — to area schools.

05/30/2014

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke, chairing a session at which a revised plan for funding Philadelphia's public schools was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Lawmakers Add a ‘Plan B’ To Philadelphia Schools Funding Measure

City Council president Darrell Clarke has decided to play it safe, adding a fallback provision to his plan to send sales tax proceeds to the cash-starved school district.

05/22/2014

(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

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