Mayor Nutter, schools chief to rally for extra aid
Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite Jr. will rally for additional city and state aid for the financially strapped city school district this morning.
Nutter and Hite will be joined at the rally at a South Philadelphia public school by Pedro Ramos, chairman of the School Reform Commission (SRC), and several state legislators, KYW Newsradio reports.
The school district is facing a $304 million budget shortfall that is threatening programs and faculty positions. The SRC has already voted to close 23 schools to address the dire financial situation, and the district is looking to save $133 million through personnel cuts.
The district is seeking an extra $60 million in aid from the city and $120 million from Harrisburg.
Nutter supports giving the money to the school district, but not through property tax increases. His administration has proposed a hike to the liquor-by-the-drink tax predicted to raise an additional $22 million.