City Council asks where school funding will come from

The Nutter administration favors sending an additional $60 million to the city’s public schools.  But where will that money come from?

City Council is pressing for answers.



The question came Wednesday from Council President Darrell Clarke to Finance Director Rob Dubow: “How is the city going to find $60 million?”

Dubow: “I’m really not trying to say it’s one responsibility or the other’s. I think we have to work collaboratively on that.”

Clarke: “So would that mean an additional tax proposal?”

Dubow: “The request was made last week so we don’t know what we would do.  We don’t have that done yet.”

Councilman Jim Kenney says there’s no way to find that much in the current budget. 

“$60 million is coming from where?  It’s not coming from cuts because you’re spending more money than last year or you’re proposing to.  It’s either coming from taxes, or it’s coming from something else, and I don’t know what that something else could be.

Kenney is also doubtful the Philadelphia school district will get the $120 million it requested from the state.


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