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Lawmakers Announce $357,000 for Philadelphia School District from Rideshare Revenues

State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) highlights the benefits of a new law regulating ridesharing companies during a Feb. 16 news conference at Philadelphia School District headquarters. Revenues collected from the ridesharing companies will benefit Philadelphia public school students. With him are (left to right) State Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia), state Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) and Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite.

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 16, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes today joined fellow lawmakers and officials from the School District of Philadelphia to announce that the school district has received its first installment of state funding — more than $357,000 — as a result of a new state law regulating rideshare companies in the City of Philadelphia and across the commonwealth.

“Today’s announcement is a result of a comprehensive effort to regulate rideshare companies statewide and ensure that they pay their fair share for conducting business in a major city,” said Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery). “In just a short time, revenue has been generated that will directly benefit our schools. This funding is expected to continue to grow as rideshare companies become a more popular transportation choice for consumers, and that’s good news for our school children.”

Two measures were enacted last year to secure this new source of funding for the school district.

Act 164 of 2016, which was signed into law last November, extends the regulation of Transportation Network Companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to include the City of Philadelphia. Under the law, the ridesharing companies are required to pay 1.4 percent of their gross receipts of all fares charged to customers for prearranged rides originating in the city. The revenue collected would be distributed 66.67 percent to the Philadelphia School District and 33.33 percent to the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Additional revenues were collected with the passage of Act 85 of 2016, in which the state temporarily authorized the legal operation of rideshare companies in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention, collecting 1 percent of gross receipts.

The $357,593.31 represents the revenues collected during the temporary authorization, but it is estimated that the School District of Philadelphia will receive $2 million in revenues from the assessment this year.

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Sens. Hughes, Haywood, Democratic Appropriations Committee to Hold Hearing Thursday on PA’s Crumbling School Infrastructure

HARRISBURG, Feb.9, 2016 – With exploding boilers and broken heaters threatening the safety and learning ability of many of Pennsylvania’s school children, state Sens. Vincent Hughes, Art Haywood and the Democratic members of the Senate Appropriations Committee will conduct a hearing at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, at the F.S. Edmonds Elementary School in Philadelphia.

“A boiler exploded at Edmonds Elementary during school hours and countless children have been sent home from other schools because heaters have failed to keep classrooms warm,” Hughes said in explaining his call for this special hearing. “I believe this is an extensive problem that must be tackled now. Too many of our kids are in physical danger and too many of them are being denied a quality education because of this crisis.”

“There is a single question that we face today: Are we going to abandon our children? What happened at Edmonds is completely unacceptable. Hearings are needed to investigate the deplorable status of school district infrastructure,” Sen. Haywood, who represents the elementary school and most of its teachers, administrators, parents and children, said. “The grave concerns of parents and faculty must be addressed.”

While the hearing will be held at a school where an employee was severely injured, the senators said this is an extensive problem that affects students throughout the commonwealth.

Scheduled to appear at the Thursday hearing include:

  • PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
  • School District of Philadelphia officials
    • Danielle Floyd – Director Capital Programs
    • Matthew Malady – Director Operations/Facilities
    • Robert Hunter – Director of Facilities
  • Otis Hackney, chief education officer, City of Philadelphia
  • Mary Filardo, executive director, 21st Century Schools Fund
  • Joquina Mitchell-Somerville, teacher and PFT rep at Edmonds Elementary; Jerry Jordan, president, PFT
  • Susan Gobreski, executive director, Education Voters PA
  • Ernie Bennett, 1201 District Leader, 32BJ, SEIU

Media coverage of the hearing is strongly encouraged.

WHAT: Sens. Vince Hughes, Art Haywood and the Democratic members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to hold a hearing on collapsing school infrastructure

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11

WHERE: F.S. Edmonds Elementary School, 8025 Thouron Ave., Philadelphia.

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Contact: Mark Shade

Sen. Vince Hughes

Phone: 717-787-9220

mshade@pasenate.com

Contact: Melissa Ostroff

Sen. Art Haywood

Phone: 215-242-8171

State Senator Vincent Hughes Statement in Response to Gov. Corbett’s Decision to Release $45 Million for School District of Philadelphia

Philadelphia – October 16th, 2013 – State Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement today in response to Governor Tom Corbett’s decision to release the $45 million grant for the School District of Philadelphia:

“I am relieved that Gov. Corbett has finally indicated he will release the $45 million grant for the School District of Philadelphia. My colleagues and I have been calling for this action since early July when the General Assembly approved this payment as part of the state budget agreement. Our schools are currently operating with an unprecedented and unacceptable shortage of teachers, nurses, counselors and other personnel. I look forward to the School District releasing information about how these additional funds will be used to restore critical staff.

It’s now time for Gov. Corbett to encourage the School Reform Commission to settle negotiations with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers in a fair manner and refrain from escalating the situation by trying to impose terms. The current fiscal crisis should not be used as an excuse to demand unnecessary concessions from hard-working teachers.

I remain deeply concerned that Philadelphia’s public schools do not have enough funding from state government. Since taking office, Gov. Corbett has cut more than $1 billion from education statewide and $300 million from the School District of Philadelphia. Even with the $45 million grant, Philadelphia and school districts throughout the state should receive a substantially greater share of state resources. Simply put, we need to be talking about how our schools thrive instead of just survive.”

Senator Vincent Hughes represents the 7th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. He is also Democratic Chairman of PA Senate Appropriations Committee.

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2401 North 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778

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Conshohocken, PA 19428
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
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