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Budget updates

By Rajiv Venkataramanan on Jun 30, 2010 03:13 PM

John Micek, the Morning Call’s state house reporter, just posted the House Appropriations Committee’s district-by-district breakdown for basic education subsidies in the 2010-11 state budget.

In this breakdown, the Philadelphia School District is slated to receive a $64,189,949 increase in its basic education subsidy, which is approximately $30 million less than the District had projected it would receive this fiscal year: $94,905,000.

How will Philly deal with this shortfall? What planned reforms or projects now have to be reconsidered?

It is worth noting that the basic education subsidy is not the only category of state money coming into the School District of Philadelphia. There are state funds flowing into Philly for special education, charter school reimbursements, and vocational education, to name a few. State subsidies for all these areas could be on the chopping block, given that even the core basic education subsidy falls substantially below the District’s projections.

This information will probably not be available for a few days, but I will continue to update budget news as it comes out…

UPDATE: The budget passed the state legislature on time.

UPDATE: Report from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition rally.

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Comments (5)

Submitted by Southwest Philly (not verified) on June 30, 2010 10:57 pm

How will Philly deal with this shortfall? Maybe Ackerman should stop hiring all her friends and associates in $150,000+ jobs!

School have to keep cutting back on supplies and staff because school budgets keep getting slashed. Why is her office the only one that should keep increasing and increasing and increasing!?!?!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 1, 2010 9:49 am

Everyone tell Jerry Jordan this. I bet Ackerman is going to lay off teachers because of it. Jordan, get out of the covers and see what is going on. Protests are needed down at 440. All 10,000 teachers should protest! Stand up for your jobs!!!

Submitted by babs (not verified) on July 1, 2010 10:12 am

I agree w/SWPhilly - stop creating jobs at the top and put the resources into classrooms. But that's as unlikely to happen as the city cutting meaningless bureaucracies or the state legislators cutting their own bloated legislative budgets. As for protests -- I'm up for it but if you'd get 100 teachers to show up, I'd be surprised. I don't get why teachers and support staff don't equate this stuff with their own personal welfare. any thoughts, Anon?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 1, 2010 2:09 pm

Well, part of the problem is that people seem to think oh well I don't need to go, however, there should be a mandatory meeting of all rank and file PFT members via Jerry Jordan and SOON. I heard rumors that layoffs would occur if the SRC does not receive tha tfunding they expected from Harrisburg.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 6, 2010 8:43 pm

How is it the district has a 10 bill surplus but is laying off teachers and and not replenishing school police, how did she keep her job when she had 30 bill surplus last year, that could have been used to prevent southern and all the other violent crime in our schools? These schools are not safe and per diem officer make up a third of the police, undermotivated by lesser wages, no benefits, working full time, with the same job expectations. No surplus with the state of so many of our schools, she spins the aftermath at southern, adds millions worth in survielance, yet many violent, racially motivated incidents occured after dec , but few were even reported. The sdp should be in debt to prevent this from happening, because it will again, but who knows where, whose child Is safe?

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