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(Mayor Nutter announces that the city will borrow $50 million so public schools can open on time.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter: City Will Borrow $50 Million So Schools Can Open On Time

Nutter said the city will borrow the money until the funding crisis can be resolved.

08/15/2013

(Pennsylvania legislators and other officials ask Gov. Corbett to immediately release $45 million in state funds so Philadelphia schools can open on time.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Officials Want Corbett To Clear Emergency Money For Phila. Schools

State budget secretary Charles Zogby, in a statement, said concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers must be negotiated before that cash is released.

08/13/2013

(Credit: Philadelphia School District)

Hite Meets With Philadelphia Principals As District Waits For Money To Start School Year

Philadelphia school’s Superintendent William Hite addressed the 212 principals who gathered Monday morning for a leadership conference.

08/12/2013

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Philadelphia Officials Tussling Over Last $50 Million For School District

Mayor Michael Nutter is playing down a rift between himself and City Council president Darrell Clarke over the school funding crisis in the Philadelphia School District.

08/09/2013

(Dr. William Hite, in file photo.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Philly Schools Chief: I Need $50M To Open Schools

The superintendent of Philadelphia’s troubled school system says he can’t open city schools next month without another $50 million in funding.

08/08/2013

(The Philadelphia School Reform Commission, at Friday's meeting.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Phila. SRC Restores A Few Cut Items In Preparation For Start of School Year

Schools superintendent William Hite says he has identified $33 million that the district can spend now to restore itinerant music teachers, fall sports, and at least one secretary per school.

07/26/2013

(Sunlight filtering through a skylight bathes the atrium of School District headquarters as music teachers and supporters perform a "farewell concert."  Credit: Pat Loeb)

A Requiem For Instrumental Music Instruction in Philadelphia Public Schools

It was a bittersweet melody at Philadelphia School District headquarters as instrumental music teachers played a farewell concert. They are all being laid off due to budget cuts.

06/24/2013

(Schools superintendent William Hite, in April.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Sends Out Thousands of Layoff Notices

In a letter to staff, schools superintendent William Hite describes the cut positions as “essential” even though at the moment there’s no extra money from the city or state, which are putting their budgets together over the next month.

06/07/2013

(Mayor Nutter addresses a rally outside the statehouse in Harrisburg.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Phila. Mayor and Schools Chief Visit Harrisburg To Plead For More School Funding

The mayor and superintendent William Hite rallied outside the statehouse before heading inside to lobby individual legislators, seeking $120 million in extra state money and legislative approval for the city to raise its liquor and cigarette taxes.

06/04/2013

(Schools superintendent William Hite speaks to a charter school group urging more school funding.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Charter Schools Urge City and State To Increase Education Funding Citywide

Charter operators and district officials gathered at Boys’ Latin Charter School, in West Philadelphia, to join in the push for city and state money to fill the district’s $304-million budget gap.

05/23/2013

(Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Teachers, School Officials At Odds Over How To Close Budget Gap

Superintendent William Hite’s budget relies on labor concessions — including teacher pay cuts from 5 to 13 percent, and an end to teacher seniority.

05/17/2013

(City, state, and school officials listen as Mayor Nutter announces new funding for Philadelphia's schools.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Proposes $95M Additional Funding For Philadelphia Schools

The city plans to increase taxes on smokers and drinkers, and redouble its collection efforts on property taxes.

05/15/2013

file photo (credit: KYW's Mike DeNardo)

Nutter, Hite Rally In Support Of Cash Starved School District

Meanwhile, aides to the mayor are clarifying how he wants to raise the city’s portion.

05/09/2013

(L-R: SRC chair Pedro Ramos, superintendent William Hite,  and district CFO Matthew Stanski.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Makes Its Case For Latest Funding Stopgap

“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.

04/29/2013

Dr. William Hite ( Credit Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District To Open Cyber School

The cash-strapped district pays more than $50 million a year for the 6000 Philadelphia students who choose cyber charters over district schools.

04/18/2013

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