Philadelphia School Budget
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.
Eighty-three percent of the principals’ union membership voted to accept the contract concessions that also require them to pay health care premiums.
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.
According to a budget overview obtained by KYW Newsradio, additional money for inspectors will “strengthen demolition controls to ensure safe public and private demolitions.”
Starr is chipping in $25,000 himself, with the goal of collecting $100,000 for playgrounds, technology, and internships.
The school district says it will gross $35 million and net $25 million from the sales.
The plan from the Philadelphia Democrats would generate $300 million for schools statewide, including $90 million more for Philadelphia.
After watching the district close 32 school buildings over the last two years, school advocates were bracing for even more this year. But schools superintendent William Hite says he’s not planning any.
Philadelphia public school teachers have been working without a contract since the start of the school year.
Now, for the first time, the district is disclosing how many offers came in.
The school district’s budget crisis cast a shadow over everything it did in 2013.
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.