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.
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.
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.
Superintendent William Hite’s budget relies on labor concessions — including teacher pay cuts from 5 to 13 percent, and an end to teacher seniority.
The city plans to increase taxes on smokers and drinkers, and redouble its collection efforts on property taxes.
Meanwhile, aides to the mayor are clarifying how he wants to raise the city’s portion.
“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.
The cash-strapped district pays more than $50 million a year for the 6000 Philadelphia students who choose cyber charters over district schools.
Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite on Friday put himself in the shoes of schoolkids who would have a much longer walk if their school is permanently closed.
Some communities are feeling relief, while others have renewed anger over the revised list of Philadelphia public school closures.
Part of the debate over closing 37 Philadelphia schools includes the possibility of moving some schools into the cavernous district headquarters building.
In an address this week to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, schools superintendent William Hite said the district is neogtiating partnerships with local universities to get supplemental health services into schools.
Parents who camped out for coveted spots at a Philadelphia elementary school met with district officials yesterday over the decision to change the first-come-first-served admissions process.
After receiving an independently-funded consultant’s report school district leadership recommended downsizing the central office and turning over school operations to so-called “achievement networks” in the springtime.
Among the high schools to close are Germantown High, Strawberry Mansion High, University City High, and Bok Tech.