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Coalition's report urges District to fight for more money

By the Notebook on Dec 18, 2012 04:05 PM

A coalition that includes some of the District's biggest unions, including the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, is urging the city's educational leadership to demand adequate resources from Harrisburg instead of pursuing the strategy of closing District schools and expanding charters.

The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, or PCAPS, released a 44-page report today that questions the assumptions and conclusions of the Boston Consulting Group's report that set the District on an austerity course.

"Were it not for the deliberate underinvestment and disinvestment in Philadelphia schools by the state, and the misguided investment in an oversized and exceptionally costly charter school sector by the [School Reform Commission], the district could easily be enjoying a multibillion-dollar surplus instead of a  deficit," the report says."Indeed, the supposed fiscal 'crisis' is largely a fallacy. The real crisis we face is one of misplaced priorities."

More to come later.



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Comments (3)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 19, 2012 7:35 am
AGREED - And, make your voice heard today by calling Gov Corbett and Secretary of the Dept of Corrections Wetzel!! Statewide call-in day TODAY!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 19, 2012 1:07 pm
Good luck with that. The taxpayers have been hurting for years. Many of the taxpayers have been out of work or have had to take jobs making less money. It's time for the civil servants to sacrifice, also. And no, a loan from the retirement plan is not sacrifice. A 10% paycut and paying for half of the healthcare costs is a sacrifice. Otherwise, do as normal, and just throw the young ones under the bus.Disgusting.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 7, 2013 12:21 pm
this is interesting

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