Philadelphia School Budget

(Philadelphia schools commissioner William Hite, left, and SRC chair Bill Green testify before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. School District Says It Needs Hundreds of Millions More Next Year

The district is already counting on City Council to provide $120 million more for next year by extending the one-percent city sales tax hike. But that’s far from a done deal. And it says it wants $96 million beyond that.

05/05/2014

(Mayor Nutter, at left, shares a group hug and some private inspirational words with 18 students at George Washington High School following their chat about school financing.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Mayor Nutter Makes First Stop on Public Schools ‘Listening Tour’

His visit to George Washington High School, on Bustleton Avenue in the Northeast, was the first of four around the district.

04/30/2014

(Philadelphia school district CFO Matt Stansky, left, and superintendent William Hite.   Photo by Pat Loeb)

Even With Sales Tax Revenue, Phila. Schools Prepare to Lay Off 1,000 More Teachers

Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite (at right in photo) says he wants to keep the conversation on revenue — where the needed funds will come from — and not on the cuts that would ensue if it doesn’t arrive.

04/25/2014

(Matt Olesh speaks to reporters at a press conference outside Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Lawyers Urge City Council To Send Sales Tax Windfall to Philly’s Schools

The two dozen attorneys are urging councilmembers to extend the city sales tax hike to provide $120 million for the cash-starved Philadelphia School District.

04/24/2014

(Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Public School Principals Plead Budget Case To Councilmembers

“Schools are not okay the way they are,” says Cindy Farlino, principal of the Meredith School, in Queen Village. “They opened, and our kids came, but they are not okay.”

03/27/2014

(Education activist Helen Gym, standing outside a charter school in Chinatown she helped found.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Phila. Education Firebrand Helen Gym To Receive White House Award

Helen Gym is well known among local government and educational leaders for keeping them on their toes. The Philadelphia community activist will be honored at the White House next week for her service to the city.

03/27/2014

(Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Area Early Education Advocates Send A Message — With A Face — To Harrisburg

“People should take a selfie and they should tweet it with the hashtag #IamPreK,” said the head of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children at their annual conference.

03/21/2014

(Parking meters in Manayunk.  File photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Rate Hike Proposed For Philadelphia Parking Meters

None of this affects the core of center city and University City, where multi-space kiosks are used rather than the old-style meters.

03/20/2014

(Bondine High School, in 2006 file photo.)

Amid Phila. School Budget Woes, World Affairs Council Severs From Bodine H.S.

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.

03/19/2014

(Commonwealth Association of School Administrators' president Rob McGrogan, in file photo. Credit: Mike DeNardo/ KYW)

Philadelphia Public School Principals Agree To 16% Pay Cuts

Eighty-three percent of the principals’ union membership voted to accept the contract concessions that also require them to pay health care premiums.

03/17/2014

(Susan Gobreski, at lectern, and other education advocates speak to reporters at Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Group Wants Continuation of Phila. Sales Tax Hike to Fill School Funding Gap

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.

03/13/2014

File Photo (Credit: Alex Wong/ Getty Images)

Next Phila. Budget To Target Demolition Safety, Libraries, Union Contracts

According to a budget overview obtained by KYW Newsradio, additional money for inspectors will “strengthen demolition controls to ensure safe public and private demolitions.”

03/05/2014

Stephen Starr, at his "Parc" restaurant on Rittenhouse Square, announcing plans to collect donations for Philadelphia schools.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Stephen Starr Restaurants Collecting Donations For Philadelphia Schools

Starr is chipping in $25,000 himself, with the goal of collecting $100,000 for playgrounds, technology, and internships.

03/04/2014

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

Buyers Found For Four Mothballed Philadelphia School Properties

The school district says it will gross $35 million and net $25 million from the sales.

02/27/2014

(Members of Philadelphia's Democratic caucus in the Pa. State Senate.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. State Senate Dems Propose $300M Fix For Education Statewide

The plan from the Philadelphia Democrats would generate $300 million for schools statewide, including $90 million more for Philadelphia.

01/30/2014

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