Kids sang and danced and drew pictures as the grownups pushed for funding for quality pre-kindergarten programs.
The Philadelphia School District is trying some new strategies to stress the importance of attendance.
“Great Philly Schools” has launched a new web tool to help parents choose early-childhood programs.
The mayor says the interim cuts imposed now to allow schools to open on time will, in his view, affect learning.
The School District of Philadelphia will open as planned on September 8th, but with temporary “service reductions.”
Stigall On Phila. Public School System: ‘There Is Always A Budget Gap And Never A Discussion As To Why’
Chris Stigall criticized School Reform Commission Superintendent William Hite and Mayor Nutter for not being satisfied with Governor Corbett’s decision to extend money to Philadelphia schools
Schools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.
In all, 342 layoff notices are going out. A school district spokeswoman says this is unrelated to the cigarette tax standoff in Harrisburg.
Much to Mayor Nutter’s chagrin, his controversial plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works will not be introduced before City Council adjourns for the summer season.
Philadelphia school district officials are warning of dire consequences if the city and state don’t quickly come through with millions in new funding.
The money comes from a group called the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia — from businesses who get Pennsylvania corporate tax credits for contributing.
The report, by the Policy Lab at Children’s Hospital, says 17 percent of Philadelphia school students have been involved with DHS or the juvenile justice system, and 20 percent of those in high schools.
But the lawmakers voiced frustration at how the school district conducts its business.
The district is already counting on City Council to provide $120 million more for next year by extending the one-percent city sales tax hike. But that’s far from a done deal. And it says it wants $96 million beyond that.
Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite (at right in photo) says he wants to keep the conversation on revenue — where the needed funds will come from — and not on the cuts that would ensue if it doesn’t arrive.