Philadelphia School District
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.
There was a lot of disappointment and passion from parents, teachers and education advocates in attendance.
In its opening contract proposal, the Philadelphia School District wants teachers’ work days extended from seven to eight hours with teachers at the top of the pay scale taking a 13-percent salary cut.
In its opening contract proposal, the district wants teachers’ work days extended from seven to eight hours, with teachers at the top of the pay scale taking a 13 percent salary cut.
The new School Reform Commission policy means that vendors looking for school contracts have to have their use and occupancy taxes and other city taxes paid up.
Superintendent William Hite told a daylong City Council hearing on Tuesday that he will announce an updated school closure plan next week.
The report by the Pew Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative looked at what’s happened to closed schools in 12 cities and researcher Emily Dowdall says most of them are still sitting vacant.
Part of the debate over closing 37 Philadelphia schools includes the possibility of moving some schools into the cavernous district headquarters building.
The School District of Philadelphia is strapped for cash, yet the CBS 3 I-Team found it is spending tens of millions of dollars a year – your tax money – on a big perk payout: letting workers cash in on unused vacation, personal and sick days.