Green and Hite on the ongoing school budget crisis
June 17, 2014
Guests: Bill Green and William Hite
Once again, the School District of Philadelphia faces a huge budget gap — $216 million dollars for the coming year. In an historic and symbolic move last month, the School Reform Commission, which oversees Philadelphia’s schools, refused to adopt an already bare bones budget that would require even further cuts in services, more layoffs and increases in class sizes. To address the ongoing crisis, school officials are counting on City Council and legislators in Harrisburg, both of whom are debating a series of funding options. And as always, politics are involved. Joining us to talk about the District’s financial challenges and the obstacles it faces in providing education and much needed social services to the City’s children, are School Superintendent WILLIAM HITE and SRC chairman BILL GREEN.