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Philadelphia School Budget

(Advocates for Philadelphia schools and taxicabs address a meeting of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Advocates Want Philadelphia Taxicab Medallion Revenue Diverted For Schools

The Philadelphia Parking Authority has received state permission to issue 150 new taxicab medallions, each of which could fetch $400,000.

12/23/2013

(The "space shuttle" module and "mission control" used for the SPARC program at Northeast High School.  File photo provided, used with permission.)

After-School Space Shuttle Program at NE High School is Grounded For Good

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.

12/23/2013

(Hotel developer Brooke Lenfest, center, talks with City Council president Darrell Clarke, right, and others just before Council approved a tax break for his project.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Council Approves $33-Million Tax Break For Center City Hotel Project

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.

12/12/2013

(Philadelphia schools COO Fran Burns testifies at a City Council hearing on advertising in public schools.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Allowing Advertising on School Buses and Buildings

Philadelphia school district chief operating officer Fran Burns told Council’s Rules Committee that passage of the bill doesn’t guarantee that the district will follow through on putting ads in schools.

12/03/2013

(Philadelphia school district CFO Matthew Stanski and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Say Yearly School Budget News Comes Too Late

Councilmembers complained to school district CFO Matthew Stanski (left) that the district keeps them in the dark each year about budget woes until the last possible minute.

11/20/2013

(Gov. Tom Corbett visits Philadelphia after opening his re-election campaign.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Chilly Reception For Gov. Corbett’s Re-Election Visit To Philadelphia

Outside the American Legion hall where he spoke, 100 school advocates chanted “One-term Tom,” blasting his education funding.

11/07/2013

(University City High  School, in file photo)

Phila. School District Delays Debut of Its Buildings-For-Sale Web Site

The School District of Philadelphia is hoping to have a web page listing its surplus properties for sale up and running by noon Thursday.

11/06/2013

(An abandoned property on East Phil-Ellena Street in Philadelphia.  File photo by Cherri Gregg)

City Council Presses Nutter To Sell Property Tax Liens To Collection Agencies

The sponsor of the measure, Councilman Bill Green, says selling tax liens on foreclosed properties would bring millions to the school district that the city otherwise would never see.

10/24/2013

(Pedro Ramos, in 2007 file photo)

Surprise Resignation: Pedro Ramos Leaving Phila. School Board

A press release says Ramos, who has served two years as chairman of the SRC, resigned “to attend to recent, unexpected news within his family.”

10/21/2013

(File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Won’t Sell Off Art Collection To Fund Operations

The artworks, taken from schools including Wilson Middle School, include paintings by noted artist Henry Ossawa Tanner.

10/18/2013

(Philadelphia City Council.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Phila. Council Gives Final OK To Alternative $50M School Funding Measure

Even though Mayor Nutter is against it, Philadelphia City Council has voted unanimously to approve its own plan to provide $50 million for the school district.

10/17/2013

(Gov. Tom Corbett had said he would hold up additional funding for Philadelphia schools until the teachers' union agrees to concessions.  File photo)

Corbett Releases Previously Withheld $45 Million For Philadelphia Schools

The money had been approved by the state legislature this year but held up by the Corbett administration, which said the money was contingent on whether the school district obtained sufficient concessions from the Philadelphia teachers’ union.

10/16/2013

(Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his office about school district funding.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Sees More Rough Road Ahead For Philly School District Funding

On Wednesday afternoon Mayor Nutter said he was thankful that Gov. Corbett finally cut the check for the $45 million for the school district.

10/16/2013

(City finance director Rob Dubow, left, and Councilman Brian O'Neill, right, disagreed on the best course of action to raise $50 million for Philadelphia's schools.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Snub Nutter-Corbett Plan For Funding City’s Schools

Over the objections of the Nutter administration, a City Council committee has approved its own plan to funnel an extra $50 million to the city’s cash-starved school district.

10/03/2013

File Photo (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.

10/02/2013

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