City reaction mixed to Philly school funding request
By the Notebook on Feb 20, 2014 05:33 PM
by Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks
Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite is asking for an additional $300 million each year to provide just the very basics to students.
That request has many City Council members asking what they will get for their money.
Council President Darrell Clarke, who said he was told by Hite of the request for $310 million to $320 million, said the schools superintendent did not specify how much he is seeking from the city and how much from the state.
Hite's ambitious plan for the city's schools also assumes the District will continue to receive $120 million annually from the city through continuation of a 1 percent sales tax.
But Clarke said Thursday he is not willing to give the schools 100 percent of the proceeds from extending that surcharge.