Will schools in Philadelphia open on time?

From Education Week:

Tension between the Philadelphia school district and Pennsylvania state officials continues to grow, with Gov. Tom Corbett’s office telling city school leaders that $45 million in state funds that lawmakers earmarked for the district won’t actually be handed over unless the city’s teachers’ union agrees to significant financial concessions.

The root of this flare-up between city and state officials is the $304 million deficit the school system has been facing as it prepares for the 2013-14 academic year. As my colleague Jackie Zubrzycki has reported on the District Dossier blog, Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite has been making desperate pleas for additional funding, without which Hite said the district may not open schools on time (the first day of schools is scheduled to be Sept. 9). Hite is also seeking $50 million from the city to erase the shortfall and rehire support staff in schools—as of now, $112 million has been found to help make up that larger deficit for the system, which has 136,000 students enrolled



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