Philadelphia School District
With a new cigarette tax and pressure for other revenue the president of Philadelphia’s city council is still hoping to keep the schools intact.
If a $300 million dollar budget gap isn’t filled, the district plans to eliminate counselors, art, music and other school activities.
Many schools are threatened with severe cutbacks, but Helen Gym, co-founder of Parents United For Public Education, says there is crisis after crisis because the School Reform Commission keeps hiring out-of city superintendents and forgets basic values.
A city councilman thinks the city should yank hundreds of millions of dollars in deposits from Well Fargo, unless bank officials come in and explain their role in deals that cost the city and school district millions.
Hundreds of Philadelphia School District students took to the streets Thursday afternoon to protest proposed budget cuts.
Students gathered at about 4:30 p.m. after the school day ended at 440 N. Broad Street in Spring Garden.
According to a Temple professor, Philadelphia’s campaign to market Center City public schools only increased the divide between the educational “haves” and “have nots.”
The Philadelphia School District says it won’t recommend the expansion of any charter schools next year since it is facing a $300 million budget hole.
The school district says “massive layoffs” and program cuts loom if it doesn’t fill its $300 million budget hole.
Dimner Beeber Middle School will remain open, officials said on Tuesday.
Mayor Nutter wants to get the schools an extra $60 million, but after two years of property tax hikes, he is clearly hesitant to go in that direction again.
The district has closed two dozen schools, it’s banking on salary cuts of an average ten percent from its employees, and it cut central office staff in half. But Superintendent William Hite says there’s still a $242 million dollar budget hole.
Parents are upset that the Philadelphia School District plans to privatize more Head Start slots next year.
It’s been eight days since the School Reform Commission voted to shutter 23 public schools in Philadelphia. Students and parents at closing schools are wondering what’s next.
The School Reform Commission has voted to save four public schools from closure in Philadelphia.