Mayor Nutter says he’s concerned that the proposed graduated split in sales tax proceeds would need approval from the state General Assembly.
Philadelphia’s new “portfolio model” of school governance came in for some harsh criticism at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
A coaltion of organizations wants City Council to approve a one-percent sales tax extension and use all of the proceeds — about $120 million — for the Philadelphia schools.
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit is promoted as a way to provide a better education for poor children, but public education advocates say it actually takes away tax money that could be used to improve schools.
Expanding the program at a time when the state has slashed public school funding is infuriating public education advocates.
Pennsylvania has expanded a controversial tax credit program that subsidizes private and religious schools. The expansion doubles the amount of state money going to non-public schools.