A Southwest Philadelphia School that Runs on Fumes
By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer | June 15, 2015
The principal was in midsentence when her cellphone alarm chirped, a jarringly cheerful reminder of what many city schools lack.
The alert meant it was time for Cheryl Hackett to summon one of her Mitchell Elementary students for a blood-sugar check. The seventh grader's numbers had been high, and the principal was worried, because this was one of the days the school had no nurse.
Four miles away, politicians in City Hall were discussing how much money the Philadelphia School District would get to cover an $85 million gap and begin to restore the cuts of the last several years.
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Report: Philly Per-Pupil Spending Below 2007 Level
By Solomon Leach, Daily News Staff Writer l May 29, 2015
PHILADELPHIA'S public schools are spending less per child than in 2007, partially due to rising costs for pensions and health care, according to an independent report released yesterday by the school district.
The analysis, conducted by Education Research Strategies Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit research organization, shows the district spent $12,724 per-pupil in 2013-14, down from $13,384 in 2007-08, a 5 percent decline.
District officials said the report bears out what they have been saying for a while - mandated costs are rising faster than revenue, taking precious dollars away from the classroom.
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan Says PA’s Funding Gap Between Rich, Poor Schools is Nation’s Worst
By Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff Writer | March 22, 2015
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that Pennsylvania does the worst job in the nation of funding low-income school districts.
"The state of Pennsylvania is 50th, dead last, in terms of the inequality between how wealthy school districts are funded and poor districts," Duncan said.
Recent Education Department figures show that the amount spent on each student in Pennsylvania's poorest school districts is 33 percent less than the amount spent on each student in the wealthier districts.
With Duncan as he visited Edwin M. Stanton School at 17th and Christian St., in the city's Graduate Hospital neighborhood, was Mayor Nutter, who said there was no reason for the current situation "but for the lack of political will."
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