Pennsylvania will advance $265 million to Philadelphia schools

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Gov. Corbett said Wednesday that he would advance the troubled Philadelphia school system $265 million, but officials said that action - which represents no new revenue or savings - would not avert layoffs or guarantee that schools would open on time.

Corbett traveled to Philadelphia to make the announcement, standing at a news conference flanked by officials including Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. and School Reform Commissioners Feather O. Houstoun and Farah Jimenez.

Hite said he appreciated Corbett's affirmation, but underscored that the governor's advance did not touch the School District's $81 million shortfall. The district has planned on the $265 million since June, when it asked for that sum.

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