8 things parents should know about philly schools & 1 way to help

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With so many stories and rumors out there, we’re trying to track down and consolidate the issues on the table for the looming “deadline” tomorrow.  Each of the 8 items below has a clickable link to the full story for more information.

 

1. The school district budget shortfall (caused largely by the state’s budget cut) totals $304 million dollars.

 

2. Because of this shortfall, on July 1, the school district laid off 3,783 out of its 19,530 employees.  Layoffs will affect schools across the district and include teachers, aides, and support staff.

 

3. The layoffs will not only have a lasting effect on our children and our schools, but they have a profound impact on the affected employees and their families.

 

4. The school district is trying to recoup some of the funds to open the schools and reinstate some of those laid off. Superintendent Hite has requested a $45 million grant from the state, but the chances of getting those funds in time is grim due to disagreements between city and state lawmakers.

 

5.. Since the timely prospect for additional state money is low, Superintendent Hite is seeking $50 million dollars from the city by this Friday August 16th.  Hite reports that this amount is necessary (but not sufficient) to open all the schools on time and at a minimally functional level.

 

6. Superintendent Hite is also asking the School Reform Commission to “suspend parts of the school code” and is hoping for $133 million dollars in other labor concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and other related unions.

 

7. Some schools around the city are asking parents for financial contributions to help patch the deficit in their own school’s budget.

 

8. Superintendent Hite has stated that if funds are not received, the opening of schools in September might be staggered or delayed.  

 

What can you do?  Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) is urging parents to let lawmakers know that our children deserve more and that we demand action.  Please take a moment to reach out to your representative:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51084/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11795

 

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