Philly Schools to Get Extra Financial Oversight

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

The city's public schools received extra academic and financial support Tuesday as officials worked to restore public confidence in a system buffeted for months by scandal and political turmoil.

Mayor Michael Nutter and state Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis appointed a pair of executive education advisers to work with district administrators and created a business task force to identify ways the schools can run more efficiently.

"We are going to re-establish the faith and trust that children, teachers, parents and the entire taxpaying public ... should have and deserve to have in this district," Nutter said at a press conference.

Philadelphia, home to Pennsylvania's largest district with about 203,000 traditional and charter school students, receives about 70 percent of its $2.8 billion budget from the state. It is overseen by a city-state panel called the School Reform Commission.

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