Philadelphia School District
The Philadelphia School District’s budget crisis has many families worried as summer draws to a close with the beginning of the school year up in the air. But a parent and education advocate says this is more than just about the $50 million dollars to get schools open on time.
The superintendent of Philadelphia’s troubled school system says he can’t open city schools next month without another $50 million in funding.
Petersburg schools spokeswoman Nicole Bell says they are not trying to capitalize on the uncertainty surrounding Philadelphia’s school budget crisis.
While the R&B, rap and rock bands played on, organizers gathered petition signatures at Love Park Tuesday, urging that cuts to music and arts programs in Philadelphia schools be restored.
Many of the 4,000 laid-off Philadelphia school employees are living in limbo, waiting to see whether the district can scrape-together enough money to hire them back.
The 2009 one-percent hike in the Philadelphia sales tax was supposed to be temporary, but it’s now permanent as part of the state’s solution to the school district cash crisis.
At a City Hall rally Tuesday afternoon, members of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools had a simple message: “Council needs to get back to work.”
In a brief afternoon session Monday, the state house wrapped up the budget by approving what’s called the fiscal code. Wrapped up in that code is a one-time, $45 million for Philadelphia schools.
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Gov. Tom Corbett said he has completed negotiations with state lawmakers on a rescue package for Philadelphia public schools.
A Philadelphia state senator says a rescue package for Philadelphia schools is evolving and that the latest proposal no longer includes giving the city the power to increase cigarette taxes there.
Parents upset with the Philadelphia School District’s budget crisis came to City Council Thursday, hoping those lawmakers would boost the size of the city’s bailout. The parents left disappointed.
Parents and activists staged a demonstration outside a Philadelphia charter school and a high school slated to close because of budget woes.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett released a statement on the Philadelphia School District Wednesday afternoon that said he is dedicated to finding a solution that is fiscally responsible and student-focused.
Mothers of children in the Philadlephia School District are heading to Harrisburg today, armed with thousands of letters from students in hopes of urging lawmakers to support additional funding for the city’s public schools.