More Money for Philadelphia Schools Is Tall Order for City

Monday, April 1, 2013

When Mayor Nutter presented his $3.75 billion budget proposal two weeks ago, it did not include additional money for the cash-poor school district.

But elected officials knew the request was coming.

School officials had already voted to close 23 schools and asked the union for $133 million annually in givebacks. Finally, on Thursday, School Reform Commission members said they would ask the city for $60 million and the state for $120 million to help close a $304 million gap.

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