Study: More money hasn't helped Philadelphia schools

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Monday, August 4, 2014

The day after state legislators canceled a vote on a cigarette tax to benefit Philadelphia schools, a Harrisburg think tank released a report that said the additional money the district has received in the past had not helped.

The fiscally conservative Commonwealth Foundation on Friday said its analysis showed that while the district's annual budget had grown by $1 billion since 2002, student achievement has lagged: 80 percent of students cannot read or do math at grade level.

"There is no question there is a crisis and a need for serious reform in Philadelphia schools," Nathaniel Benefield, a foundation vice president, said Friday.

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