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Philadelphia School Budget

(City of Philadelphia budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, listens as city finance director Rob Dubow responds to a reporter's question.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Finance Director Says 1¢ Sales Tax Hike Needs To Remain

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.

08/05/2013

(The Philadelphia School Reform Commission, at Friday's meeting.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Phila. SRC Restores A Few Cut Items In Preparation For Start of School Year

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.

07/26/2013

(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Legislature Leaves Philadelphia School Bailout Funds Hanging in Limbo

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.

07/04/2013

(Philadelphia School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos, in file photo.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Schools Remain In Limbo Awaiting Harrisburg Action

School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos isn’t making much comment until the financial picture is finalized.

07/02/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Not Ready To Give Up on Additional State Help For Philadelphia’s Schools

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.

07/01/2013

(File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Sources Scrambling To Find Funding So Philadelphia Schools Can Avert Doomsday Budget

Even if the district realizes all the new revenue the city has promised, it is still hundreds of millions of dollars short.

06/27/2013

(City councilmembers and education advocates meet in the City Council caucus room.  Credit: Ian Bush)

Public-Private Partnership Provides $1 Million For Early Childhood Education in Philly

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.

06/25/2013

(Sunlight filtering through a skylight bathes the atrium of School District headquarters as music teachers and supporters perform a "farewell concert."  Credit: Pat Loeb)

A Requiem For Instrumental Music Instruction in Philadelphia Public Schools

It was a bittersweet melody at Philadelphia School District headquarters as instrumental music teachers played a farewell concert. They are all being laid off due to budget cuts.

06/24/2013

(Bok Tech High School, in South Philadelphia, will close down at the end of this school year.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

School Year Ends For Phila. Public School Students As Some Schools Go Dark

Friday is the last day of school for Philadelphia public school students, and it’s also the final day ever for 24 school buildings in Philadelphia that are closing for good.

06/21/2013

(Council president Darrell Clarke is flanked by councilmembers as he announces the city's plan to provide an extra $74 million to the school district.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

City Will Use New Cigarette Tax, Not Tax Hike On Bar Drinks, For School Funding

“We have done our part, exceeding the request,” Council president Darrell Clarke said Tuesday in City Council chambers, “and we will conclude our budget process this Thursday.”

06/18/2013

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Future of Philadelphia Cigarette Tax Uncertain Despite City Council OK

The vote was unanimous for the new cigarette tax, which would take effect next January and bring an estimated $45 million to city schools. State approval is required.

06/13/2013

(Schools superintendent William Hite, in April.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Sends Out Thousands of Layoff Notices

In a letter to staff, schools superintendent William Hite describes the cut positions as “essential” even though at the moment there’s no extra money from the city or state, which are putting their budgets together over the next month.

06/07/2013

(Mayor Nutter addresses a rally outside the statehouse in Harrisburg.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Phila. Mayor and Schools Chief Visit Harrisburg To Plead For More School Funding

The mayor and superintendent William Hite rallied outside the statehouse before heading inside to lobby individual legislators, seeking $120 million in extra state money and legislative approval for the city to raise its liquor and cigarette taxes.

06/04/2013

(Cole and Heidi Hamels, at left, are serenaded by students in the band at Shawmont Elementary School, in Roxborough.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Phillies’ Pitcher Cole Hamels Goes To Bat Again For Philadelphia Schoolkids

Hamels, whose foundation is providing $50,000 for special programs in Philadelphia public schools, says it’s all about making a difference.

06/03/2013

FILE PHOTO: Students rally outside the Philadelphia School District headquarters on North Broad Street to protest a plan to close down 29 Philadelphia schools. (Credit: Pat Loeb)

Philadelphia School Budget Austerity May Not Trigger Further Harrisburg Largesse

Thursday night’s passage of a so-called “doomsday” budget for Philadelphia schools isn’t likely to shake loose more money from the Republican-controlled state legislature in Harrisburg.

05/31/2013

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