While it looks as though Philly Schools will open as expected, there are cuts planned:
“Philadelphia’s public schools will open on time, Superintendent William R. Hite said Friday.
To not open on Sept. 8 as scheduled “punishes students for the failure of adults,” Hite said.
He said assurances from politicians that the cigarette tax the city wants to help fund schools is priority one helped him make the decision to open on time. The disruption to families would have been too great, and opening late could cause more students to flee to charters. He also outlined some temporary cuts …
Under one cut, 7,500 high school students who live within two miles of school will not get transportation.Some open school police jobs will not be filled, forcing 27 elementary schools that have had their own officers to share police.
Schools will be cleaned less frequently, and repairs will be delayed.
There will also be fewer spots in alternative programs for students at risk of dropping out or who have dropped out. Professional development for teachers in Promise Academies will be cut, and additional reductions will be made in “direct support to schools and families.” News of those specific cuts will be forthcoming, officials said.”
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