Philly Schools Chief: I Need $50-Million to Open Schools
The superintendent of Philadelphia's troubled school system says he can't open city schools next month without another $50-million in funding.
Superintendent William Hite says he's still waiting to learn whether the city will provide the money to help close a $300-million deficit. Hite has already closed schools and sent out thousands of lay-off notices this year. More than 200,000 students are set to return September 9th to the city's traditional and charter schools.
The School Reform Commission has approved a $2.4-billion spending plan that also eliminates art, music and athletics. Parents, students and others are alarmed at what they call a "doomsday budget." The state's largest district, Philadelphia has struggled with rising pension and health care costs, fluctuations in state aid and a student exodus to charter schools.
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