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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.
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.
School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos isn’t making much comment until the financial picture is finalized.
Parents and activists staged a demonstration outside a Philadelphia charter school and a high school slated to close because of budget woes.
Previously, the SRC would have to approve donations over $5,000, which created bureaucratic obstacles. Now, that figure has been bumped up to $20,000 in an effort to get more money into schools.
Eyewitness News spoke with Governor Tom Corbett after he attended a scheduled event in Montgomeryville, Montgomery County.
Thursday night’s passage of a so-called “doomsday” budget for Philadelphia schools isn’t likely to shake loose more money from the Republican-controlled state legislature in Harrisburg.
If a $300 million dollar budget gap isn’t filled, the district plans to eliminate counselors, art, music and other school activities.
“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.
The Philadelphia School Board held a special hearing at their North Broad Street headquarters on Monday night, to take public comment on the proposed closure of Dimner Beeber Middle School and M. H. Stanton Elementary School.
But he says the SRC’s request is dead on arrival without pension reform.
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.
Over the loud protest of hundreds of parents and teachers, the School Reform Commission voted to close 23 Philadelphia public schools.
There was a lot of disappointment and passion from parents, teachers and education advocates in attendance.
As of Thursday night, 19 protesters have already been arrested in protests outside the school district’s headquarters – including the president of the American Federation of Teachers.