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Schools' need for money center of attention in Philadelphia

By the Notebook on May 9, 2013 04:54 PM

by Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks

Time is running out on efforts to close the Philadelphia School District's $300 million budget shortfall. Mayor Nutter led a rally for school funding in South Philadelphia while City Council continues to wrestle with the budget.

Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer" might well be the theme song for the Philadelphia Public Schools, and it was served up with energy at the rally by a student rock band at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in South Philadelphia. The school is a melting pot of 29 different ethnic groups and a place where students and faculty go the extra mile, resulting in wonders like a grade school rock band that can give a professional-sounding performance.

Philadelphia Public Schools Superintendent William Hite said schools like this that immerse kids in music and art from kindergarten up face a grim future without new money.

"It's a shame that we are having a conversation about being able to maintain that as opposed to investing more of those resources as we move forward," Hite said at the rally.

Nutter said that he won't let the District slip into what he called "a nightmare" of educational opportunities and that he is committed to finding an additional $60 million in city funds, starting with an increase in the liquor-by-the-drink tax.

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Comments (10)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 9, 2013 10:18 pm
Excuse me Mr. Hite-Turn off your phone for five minutes and pay attention. How do you expect anyone to take you seriously if you can't even listen to the Mayor in front of the children?
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on May 9, 2013 11:20 pm
Because he already knows exactly what Nutter is going to say and Nutter knows exactly what Hite's going to say too. They're both puppets spewing nonsense and all at the expense of the kids, about whom they don't give a rat's ass.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 10, 2013 2:39 am
I've seen Dr. Hite at two public meetings. He was on his phone the entire time. It is good he doesn't have to take the PSSAs/Keystone tests. I don't know if he would survive that long without his phone!
Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on May 10, 2013 11:19 am
Face it. He is being paid to vaccilate between wearing a poker face/ switching to a concerned look, then to a deer in the headlights expression for the duration of the job (i.e. closing the deal to dismantle our schools). So it makes sense that he gets bored occasionally makes a phone call. (sarcasm intended.)
Submitted by Geoffrey (not verified) on May 10, 2013 10:41 am
This video is priceless. It is difficult to tell who is less interested - the students or Hite.
Submitted by Philly Parent and Teacher (not verified) on May 10, 2013 7:55 pm
Nutter did solicit one thing - yawns!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 10, 2013 12:35 pm
Hite is not on the phone, he is Tweeting. He is trying to get the word out. He tweeted a pic of the student's performing. I believe Dr. Hite when he says all students should have music in their schools. Now he has to put the money where his tweets are!
Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on May 10, 2013 1:15 pm
And I "should" be a size 6 instead of a size 12! Before he took the job i figure Hie created a list of hundreds of things he could say to fill time-that wouldn't really say ANYTHING at all. You are doing great Dr. Hite. I am sure you have less than 24 months to go before the job will be finished. And if you find some integrity to actually say anything of value, you will be hightailed of here much sooner. So over a glass of wine this Friday evening., ask your wife how soon she wishes to leave Philly and go back home- or to the next city to dismantle their public schools.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on May 11, 2013 6:17 pm
Great Post, My Friend---You get it !!!!!!!! This is all part of the giant con job to end Public Ed. in Phila. We have no financial crisis except the one Corbett manufactured as part of his role and, OF COURSE, this "crisis" is only for the real schools, NOT their phony charter cousins. It would be nice if the press WHICH ALSO KNOWS ALL THIS, WOULD MAN AND WOMAN UP AND PRINT THE TRUTH. Yes, they would be fired but yikes, this is just lying through their teeth. Crisis, my butt. By the way, The Notebook is part of the press too. Grow a pair.
Submitted by maria (not verified) on June 4, 2014 6:55 am
This is such a sad story. So many great children and so little to offer them. It's a pity that they have to work so hard to get what should be such a basic thing. despre asigurari

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