School Budget Crisis

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Philadelphia Public School Students Return To Class Amid Budget Crisis

Philadelphia public schools opened today amid huge budget deficits and reduced staffing


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Philadelphia School District Lays Off Some HQ Employees As Part of Huge Cuts

The cash-strapped Philadelphia School District will lay off 17 central office employees as part of an elimination of 81 positions at school district headquarters.


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Philadelphia Teachers, Students Prepare For Another School Year With Less

Back to school shopping is now in full swing throughout the Delaware Valley, but for some, what was once a time of excitement has now turned into a hardship.


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Superintendent Says Plan To Cut Public Transportation Fare For High Schoolers Off The Table

“We withdrew that because we’re in conversations now with SEPTA, and we’re trying to find a way to resolve this issue,” Hite explained.


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City Council Approves Using $120 Million In Sales Tax To Help Philadelphia Schools

But the push for funding continues. The School District is facing a $216 million deficit, and the budget deadline is approaching.


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Parents Demand Answers After 7-Year-Old Dies After Collapsing In Classroom

Philadelphia schools continue to deal with deep budget cuts, just a day after a first grader died at an elementary school that has no full-time nurse.


On October 3rd demonstrators protested Gov. Corbett's decision to withhold $45 million from the Philadelphia school district.  File photo)

Education Advocates, City Officials Urge Parents To Complain To State About Philadelphia School District Cuts

Parent groups say the cuts in Philadelphia schools constitute a failure to provide the constitutionally mandated “thorough and efficient” education.


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Protesters Gather Outside Education Investment Conference In Center City

As a conference of entrepreneurs interested in investing in education took place inside, protesters gathered in front of the Union League on South Broad Street Monday evening with a word of warning to students, teachers and staff at public schools.


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Superintendent Meets With Parents As First Day Of School Approaches In Philadelphia

The superintendent of Philadelphia schools met with some parents, as contract talks continue between the school district and the teachers union.


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Local Educator Asks ‘Made In America’ Performers To Help Philadelphia Schools

One local educator wants the performers at this weekend’s Made in America festival to pitch-in to help Philadelphia’s cash-strapped schools system.


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Mayor Nutter Defends Efforts To Secure Funding For Philadelphia Schools

With the teachers union airing ads blasting him, Mayor Nutter is defending his efforts to secure funding for Philadelphia schools.


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Philadelphia Parents Take Budget Crisis Concerns To SRC

While teachers and activists marched, Philadelphia parents last night took their concerns over the budget crisis to the School Reform Commission.


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Superintendent Hite Seeks To Suspend Seniority

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.


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Parents, Community Leaders Rally As School District Awaits $50 Million

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.


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Education Advocate Speaks Out On Philadelphia School Budget Crisis

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.