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Philadelphia School Budget

(Philadelphia revenue commissioner Clarena Tolson testifies before the Rules Committee of City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Official Announces More Vigorous Collection of School Tax

Nutter administration officials are promising to do a better job collecting a little-known tax that applies to income from investments and which goes entirely to the school system.


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

Drexel U. Eager To Negotiate Purchase of Closed High School Site

Drexel University is among those considering buying the recently closed University City High School.


(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Councilman Revamps His Ten-Year Tax Abatement Overhaul Proposal

Councilman Wilson Goode, who had originally proposed reducing the abatement slightly, is now pushing a plan to scale back the abatement more drastically.


(Students perform a science experiment at Hill Freedom Middle School.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Public Opinion of Philadelphia Schools at 5-Year Low, Survey Finds

The new poll by the Pew Charitable Trusts reports that only 18 percent of respondents think Philadelphia schools are going a “good” or “excellent” job.


(The former Germantown High School.  File photo by Carrie Hodousek)

Expert Says Plan To Sell Off Philly School Buildings Won’t Fetch Much Cash

University of Pennsylvania design professor Harris Steinberg thinks most of the now-shuttered buildings will bring the city little money — if they can be sold at all.


(Protesters calling for more funding for Philadelphia's public schools disrupt the opening meeting of City Council's fall session.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Tug-of-War Over Philadelphia School Funding Draws City Hall Protests

Dozens of school advocates interrupted the conclusion of Thursday’s City Council meeting with jeers for the mayor and Council because of the school funding stalemate.


(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., seen in 2011 file photo, pressed for a vote to curtail the city's ten-year tax abatement program on new construction.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Councilmembers Skirt Controversial Property Tax Vote

“This is generally a tax break for the few, the new, and the well-to-do, not for most of Philadelphia,” Councilman Goode said of the tax-abatement program he would like to curtail.


(City Council president Darrell Clarke, holding microphone, and fellow councilmembers show photos of vacant school district properties they say should be sold off.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

City Hall Battle Resumes Over Philadelphia Schools Funding Shortfall

Mayor Nutter wants Gov. Corbett’s funding plan implemented. City Council president Darrell Clarke and fellow councilmembers want vacant school properties sold off.


(Philadelphia schools superintendent Dr. William Hite shares a morning snack and a moment with a student at Beeber Middle School.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School Year Begins Amid Uncertainties

It’s day one of a year with unprecendented challenges.


(Mayor Nutter announces that the city will borrow $50 million so public schools can open on time.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter: City Will Borrow $50 Million So Schools Can Open On Time

Nutter said the city will borrow the money until the funding crisis can be resolved.


(Children eat breakfast and use coloring books on the first day of school for kindergarteners at Kipp Elementary, on W. Westmoreland Street.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Watching City School Funding Crisis, Philadelphia Charters Gear Up

Kindergarten classes at Kipp Elementary charter school in North Philadelphia have begun, more than three weeks before district schools begin.


(A daylong fast and rally is held on the steps of Philadelphia school district headquarters, at Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Parents, School Staff Raise the Pressure as School Funding Deadline Nears

Sitting under tents, about a hundred parents and noontime aides say the school district needs to rehire the 1,200 noontime aides laid off in July.


(Pennsylvania legislators and other officials ask Gov. Corbett to immediately release $45 million in state funds so Philadelphia schools can open on time.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Officials Want Corbett To Clear Emergency Money For Phila. Schools

State budget secretary Charles Zogby, in a statement, said concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers must be negotiated before that cash is released.


(Springboard Collaborative founder Alejandro Gac-Artigas with laptops being given to students for achievement.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philly Nonprofit Fills The Reading Achievement Gap For Needy Students

“We train parents to be their child’s reading teacher at home, using the same strategies teachers use during the school year in the classroom,” says founder Alejandro Gac-Artigas.


(The day's festivities included a crowd-pleasing dance performance by The Dream Team.  Credit: Mike Dougherty)

Amid Budget Crisis, Phila. School District Holds Back-To-School Fest

Thousands of parents and students were at the School of the Future, on Parkside Avenue, for what the district calls a “family and education reunion.”