Agreement between school district and Philly City Council makes for speedy hearing

The Philadelphia School District signed a cooperation agreement last week with City Council.

That made for much easier sledding during a council hearing on transferring $25 million more to the district.

City council’s appropriations committee meeting lasted just 25 minutes as Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite praised the agreement.

“We have steadied the financial situation of the district and we have much more to do to achieve our overarching goal, that all children have a great public school close to where they live,” Hite said.

Council President Darrell Clarke says he appreciates the district opening its books to public scrutiny. 

The next challenge: reducing the district’s debt.

“Separate and aside from this $25 million is talking about the structural challenges associated with the school district that were not created by you,” Clarke said.  “Your predecessors created level of debt that was frankly speaking put us in a significant hole.”

Clarke says both the city and state need to be part of solving the debt problem.

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