Summer vacation is almost over for students across the Delaware Valley. But as schools get ready to open their doors, there is still no budget from Harrisburg.
Standing outside school district headquarters, State Senator Vincent Hughes announced plans to introduce a bill that would place a five percent tax on natural gas extracted from Pennsylvania to be used, in part, for public schools.
Superintendent William Hite says Philadelphia schools need 320-million dollars more next year, to get his ambitious action plan rolling.
It appears another $30 million piece of the Philadelphia schools’ budget puzzle may soon happen.
Budget cuts have shuttered libraries at many of Philadelphia top public schools. And when a South Philadelphia non-profit heard the news it took action.
Philadelphia’s mayor and council president have very different ideas about where to find money for public schools.
It may be a longshot, but KYW Newsradio has learned that talks are underway in an effort to shake loose some major federal dollars for Philadelphia schools.
The big issue is education funding, or lack thereof.
A new website has been making the rounds, putting faces to some of the 3,783 School District of Philadelphia employees who were given pink slips last week.
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.
If a $300 million dollar budget gap isn’t filled, the district plans to eliminate counselors, art, music and other school activities.
Meanwhile, aides to the mayor are clarifying how he wants to raise the city’s portion.
After reviewing the just-adopted city and state budgets, Philadelphia school officials say the district’s budget deficit is even larger than first predicted.
Despite pleas from Mayor Nutter, City Council today held firm on its decision to reduce new funding for the School District.
Quality preschool for lower-income children hangs in the balance as the Pennsylvania budget is debated, and an advocate for it makes the case that this program benefits all of us.