PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – KYW was reporting that the Philadelphia school district was in the red by $75-million. It was 1975 – 40 years ago.
Not much has changed.READ MORE: How Your Dog Can Help Save Lives Amid Nationwide Blood Shortage That Isn't Just Impacting Humans
Recently KYW’s Mike DeNardo detailed predictions of an $80-million budget hole. Considering the rate of inflation, the district might be better off now than then.READ MORE: Red Hot Summer, Meet Red Hot Phillies: Projections Have Phils Ending Second Longest Postseason Drought In Baseball
So what happened in ’75? The board took out the budget axe and began chopping away at extra-curricular activities and transportation. Then the state stepped up with $36-million.
When the smoke cleared, the deficit had become manageable. Those after-school activities were gradually restored.MORE NEWS: Some Philadelphia Wawas Will No Longer Be Open 24 Hours
But like groundhog day, it’s a scene that has played out from year to year. Only the people have changed.