Next year's budget shortfall could grow beyond $144 million if:
City Council fails to pass a residential property tax reassessment proposed by the mayor, which is projected to bring the District $94 million in added revenue.
Harrisburg enacts a voucher program. That could cost an additional $60 million, Knudsen estimates.
Cyber charter enrollment exceeds expectations, though Knudsen has already figured in some growth there.
This guest blog post comes from three Renaissance charter operators in response to a recent Notebook story reporting that the District is incurring significant facilities-related expenses at its Renaissance charter schools.
The article claiming that the District is “eating millions in facilities costs” at Renaissance Charters is misleading.
The facts are:
The Notebook recently began sharing content with Education Week, where this piece originally appeared.
President Barack Obama called for $30 billion in new money to stave off teacher layoffs—and $30 billion more to revamp facilities at the nation's K-12 schools and community colleges—as he outlined his vision for spurring the sputtering economy in a speech to Congress Thursday night.
This guest blog post is by Elaine Simon, a West Philadelphia resident and the director of the Urban Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania.
The ribbon-cutting for the new West Philadelphia High School will take place Tuesday in a formal ceremony that will feature the mayor, the new interim superintendent, the new principal, and other dignitaries whose participation marks the significance of this event.
There are now 70,000 empty seats in District schools, according to data presented to the School Reform Commission Wednesday - more than are in Lincoln Financial Field.
With a current student population around 155,000, this means that buildings currently being owned and maintained by the District are nearly one-third empty.
At Wednesday’s School Reform Commission meeting, a first look at the School District’s efforts to develop a facilities master plan offered new information about the public’s role in the planning process.
With $3 million in privately donated funds at its disposal, Mastery Charter hoped to dramatically upgrade the facilities in each of its three Renaissance Schools before the start of the new school year.
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?
When is a dollar not worth a dollar? Take a look at last week’s media stories (Daily News and Inquirer), which blew open a District land transfer deal for a politically connected development group. The story raises serious questions not only about the SRC’s secretive decisionmaking process, but also the wheeling and dealing behind the District’s new land management policy and its enormous – and almost entirely unscrutinized – capital budget. And as the SRC votes today on the sale of six more properties, public concern and oversight is more necessary than ever.
Even after making drastic adjustments in its budget to close a gap due to a disappointing state budget package, the District is still enjoying a record increase in its spending this year.
The revised $3.1 billion spending plan that was put before the School Reform Commission in November is still $326 million more than was spent last year – an extraordinary 12 percent increase. The increase would have been $100 million higher if the District had received the funding it had hoped to get from the state.