The School Reform Commission has decided to defy the city charter and not pass a budget for next year on time.
On Monday, City Council hears from school district officials on the so-called “empty shell” budget proposed for next year.
Working Families Organization would have to gather 20,000 petition signatures, but Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell says it would send a strong message.
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 Dr. Hite is calling for $320 million dollars in funding for Philadelphia schools next year and the Mayor made his stance clear on the matter.
The state senate approved the nominations of City Councilman Bill Green to be SRC chair, and Farah Jimenez to be an SRC member.
KYW Newsradio has learned Governor Corbett is expected to fill two open seats on the panel as early as Friday.
The Philadelphia school district made the controversial decision to close down two dozen public schools this year.
The School Reform Commission held a meeting Monday night that gave teachers and community members a chance to work through an exercise in how to get the most students into better-performing schools.
Governor Corbett says he’s in the process of filling the opening that was created when SRC chair Pedro Ramos resigned last month.
While teachers and activists marched, Philadelphia parents last night took their concerns over the budget crisis to the School Reform Commission.
The new initiative, called Philadelphia Virtual Academy (PVA), will offer online learning for students in grades 6 – 12, starting in time for the 2013-2014 school year.
Dimner Beeber Middle School will remain open, officials said on Tuesday.
But he says the SRC’s request is dead on arrival without pension reform.
Over the loud protest of hundreds of parents and teachers, the School Reform Commission voted to close 23 Philadelphia public schools.