Philadelphia School Budget
Mayor Nutter wants Gov. Corbett’s funding plan implemented. City Council president Darrell Clarke and fellow councilmembers want vacant school properties sold off.
It’s day one of a year with unprecendented challenges.
Nutter said the city will borrow the money until the funding crisis can be resolved.
Kindergarten classes at Kipp Elementary charter school in North Philadelphia have begun, more than three weeks before district schools begin.
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.
State budget secretary Charles Zogby, in a statement, said concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers must be negotiated before that cash is released.
“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.
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.”
Rob Dubow says the Philadelphia school district’s budget woes could get worse if City Council doesn’t approve a bill to make permanent the once-temporary hike in the sales tax.
Schools superintendent William Hite says he has identified $33 million that the district can spend now to restore itinerant music teachers, fall sports, and at least one secretary per school.
Final work on the Pennsylvania budget will go into a second week of overtime, and maybe beyond, as the result of differences between the state House and Senate over one of the “companion” bills that make up the state budget package.
School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos isn’t making much comment until the financial picture is finalized.
House Republicans have said “no” to a $2-per-pack cigarette tax in the city, but Nutter isn’t ready to throw in the towel on that proposal.
Even if the district realizes all the new revenue the city has promised, it is still hundreds of millions of dollars short.
With the Philadelphia School District struggling under a giant budget deficit, city councilmembers and community groups gathered at City Hall to announce a small but important fund to expand early childhood education programs.