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Old 09-11-2013, 02:15 PM
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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Originally Posted by pman View Post
this is a common but mistaken belief. it simply reflects Philadelphia's own sense of entitlement to state funds. in reality, there has been no movement towards singling out Philadelphia in particular. the reality is that poorly run districts like Philadelphia's are less capable of handling increasing pressure owing to flat funding from the state and poor property tax collection by the city.Philadelphia receives proportionally more funding from the state than most districts, not less. sure, the state should be held accountable for the actions of the SRC but let's not pretend that the district was ruined by the state, it's not even worse, it's just running out of rope. hopefully this crisis will force the city to get seriuos about collecting taxes and funding its own school district and eventually running it themselves in a reasonably competent manner.
Can you explain why these statements are mistaken and/or do not represent reality? Honest question.

(from this article: Open letter to Corbett)

"Your 2011 cuts were historic, devastating and wildly unbalanced. Total state funding for Pennsylvania's public schools was cut $790 million, an 8 percent reduction. But Philadelphia, which educates 11 percent of the state's schoolchildren and half of the state's poor children, bore 39 percent of the cuts. We responded to the crisis with deep school-district spending cuts and $53 million in new city funding. By the end of June 2012, these actions eliminated all but $28 million of the gap created by you.
Since then, you have frozen state funding at the 2011 level. This is a broken model for a district where costs grow by more than $100 million each year, even if the school district does not add a single new employee or program. Your funding freeze, plus the remainder of the 2011 problem that was not permanently solved, has created the 2013 budget gap."

"Nearly 40 percent of Pennsylvania's 500 school districts receive more state aid per student than does Philadelphia, according to the Pennsylvania Education Department. We rank as the 67th poorest of the state's 500 school districts. The Pittsburgh School District, ranked the 261st poorest, received $2,126 dollars more for every one of its students from the state in 2011-12 than Philadelphia did. If treated equitability, our schools would be receiving $429 million more from the commonwealth. Additionally, we spent 7 percent less per student than the state average in 2011-12. In the three years before your cuts, the school district ran annual surpluses of about $30 million. We weren't spending beyond our means then and we're not doing so today."
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:28 AM
Location: Philly
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State auditors warned of financial accountability problems at the Philadelphia School District in periodic audits since at least 1987, foreshadowing some of the issues that underpin the crisis in the district as it opened its doors to students Monday.
State auditors warned of Philadelphia School District problems for 20-plus years
When Pennsylvania's Republican-led legislature added a bit more than $30 million in education aid to Gov. Corbett's proposed budget in its final negotiations last month, legislators decided to target $14.5 million of that money to districts with high numbers of English language learners and $4 million to districts with high concentrations of students in charter schools.
But they managed to devise the formulas for these supplements in such a way that Philadelphia's school district, which has nearly half the charter students in the state and one-quarter of the English language learners, got none of these funds...In fact, the money for districts impacted by charters and ELL students went to only six districts around the state -- most of it, perhaps not coincidentally, in the areas represented by powerful legislators....But the biggest single beneficiary was Allentown, home of Senate Majority Whip Patrick Browne, which received $8,000,000.
Increases in state education aid carefully targeted select districts | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:00 PM
Location: Philly
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In all, $3.9 billion in school real estate levies were collected in the four counties for fiscal 2010-11, compared with $2.3 billion 10 years before...We have a revenue problem, and we have an expenses problem," he added. Chief among the troublesome expenses, he said, are pension obligations....
- See more at: The School Tax Vise - Philly.com
Questions and answers about the District
you can clearly see where ARRA funding was used to cover up cuts to education funding. I can't find the five year budget history but it will show that funding is now back where it was. hardly a generous budget but it's also not the reason for the size of the crisis the district faces which is also attributable to the fact employees pay NOTHING for healthcare, their pensions, and the sizable debt load the district has taken on over the years. on top of that, PA's charter reimbursement rate is too generous even compared to other states with charters.
"Nearly 40 percent of Pennsylvania's 500 school districts receive more state aid per student than does Philadelphia, according to the Pennsylvania Education Department

so most receive less
the last sentence reveals that the author is, frankly, a liar.
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