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Philadelphia students, teachers and parents plead with Council for school money

Photo: Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Activist Cheri Honkala and son testify at the City Council hearing.

by Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks

Parents and other Philadelphia School District supporters are pleading with City Council to approve an additional $60 million for education.

Carol Blum has two daughters in Meredith Elementary School in Queen Village. She says it's embarrassing how the school-funding issue is being handled.

"I'm ashamed to say that our city and state has such little regard for the most vulnerable among us, children and young people," she said at a Tuesday public hearing in Council Chambers.

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Comments (6)

Submitted by Philly Parent and Teacher (not verified) on April 30, 2013 4:13 pm
It sounds like Hite/Khin and Miles Wilson/Phila. School "Partnership" write their scripts together. They equate funding of public schools with "sacrifice" rather than public good or public duty. Of course, the Phila. School "Partnership" wants to only fund schools they select - whether private, public or charter - and decide which Phila. schools survive. The "Partnership" apparently wants to run the School District. I'd love to know the salaries / benefits / expense accounts of the staff of the "Partnership." Will they take a 10% pay cut? 10% cut in benefits? Will they share their pencils, paper, photocopiers, administrative assistants, air conditioning, etc. with schools? They claim to espouse "shared sacrifice..."
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 30, 2013 4:21 pm
Parents are mobilizing. Join us, and keep up with news on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/ImagineASchoolPhilly?ref=ts&fref=ts
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 30, 2013 4:20 pm
the script is already written people,the s.r.c.'s is ,never was, or never will listen to parents,students ,religeous leaders ,community leaders,no one. it was a done deal from jump street.they just made it look good by having the src meetings .blame boston consulting group and the new education reform agenda,and the billionaries behind it ...we in big truble............
Submitted by Ty (not verified) on April 30, 2013 5:42 pm
I agree with you. And the situation - like the book, Animal Farm - is scary.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 30, 2013 5:38 pm
It's sad. For me it's my job. I like it but there are other places that will hire me. For these kids it's their futures.
Submitted by Gtown_teach (not verified) on April 30, 2013 10:12 pm
I don't know why the district doesn't put together more options on the table. Why not furloughs? Why don't they threaten to go to a 4 day school week? What's stopping them from really thinking out of the box on this? If you went to a 4 day school week (with longer days), it would really sink in for parents), as they would have to account for a fifth day without school. The only two options are beg for more money and cut all the staff. If Hite wants to claim to be more than a Harrisburg puppet, he needs to throw more on the table. Why can't the union agree to furloughs instead of permanent salary cuts? I don't blame the union for not wanting to work with 440, when 440 is being totally stupid in its approach to balancing the books.

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