Citizens: Give the school district the money

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. is calling for "shared sacrifice" in the face of a $304 million budget shortfall. (file photo)
Philadelphia School District Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. (file photo)

Cecelia Thompson agreed: City Council members “have done your part to fund our children’s education.”

“I too am frustrated of the bleak educational results for those students in our low income sections,” she said. “However, please, don’t let children suffer because of adult mismanagement.”

Parents, teachers, students and others spoke on day two of the school district budget hearing. Most asked City Council to fork over the $60 million the school district says it needs to help fill its gaping $300 million budget hole.

On Monday, Superintendent William Hite Jr. told officials that without the additional funding the district would face significant cuts.

Gov. Corbett came under attack for his decisions to cut school funding.

City Council members were skeptical of funding the district anymore than it already has. Members have offered solutions to raising extra funds, but so far none have been approved.

The School District is asking:

- $60 million from the city

- $120 million from the state

- $133 million in savings from contract negotiations with both union and non-union employees


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