Philadelphia School District
With the start of school a little more than two weeks away, the Philadelphia School District is restoring some laid-off staffers with the money it has available.
While teachers and activists marched, Philadelphia parents last night took their concerns over the budget crisis to the School Reform Commission.
Teachers and parents booed throughout the meeting as the School Reform Commission set aside union seniority rules, and stopped union pay increases based on service time.
The leader of the city’s struggling school system wants to suspend rules that require laid-off workers to be rehired based on seniority, a move the teachers union said it would fight.
Public school advocates say while politicians ‘bicker’ about how the city should come up with $50-million to enable the Philadelphia School District to open classes on time, children deserve more than three-times that amount.
Philadelphia school’s Superintendent William Hite addressed the 212 principals who gathered Monday morning for a leadership conference.
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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