Philadelphia City Council to announce emergency funding for schools
Philadelphia City Council members will announce this afternoon plans to help plug the school district’s budget gap.
Council President Darrell Clarke will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Council Chambers to announce how much emergency funding the city can provide.
Superintendent William Hite asked for $60 million from the city, $120 million from the state as well as $133 million teacher’s union concessions to try and fill the district’s $304 million budget deficit.
As a result of the so-called “Doomsday Budget,” which was approved by the state-run School Reforms Commission last month, the district laid off more than 3,8oo employees.