Kids and teachers back in Philly schools, but state dollars MIA

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 Philadelphia schools Superintendent William Hite and others, including Mayor Michael Nutter welcome students to their first day of classes at the George Washington Carver School. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia schools Superintendent William Hite and others, including Mayor Michael Nutter welcome students to their first day of classes at the George Washington Carver School. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia public schools are open. 

School Superintendent William Hite and others, including Mayor Nutter welcomed students to their first day of classes at the George Washington Carver School on the fringe of Temple University’s Campus. 

Hite says school is starting without cutbacks, even though they had to borrow $275 million to cover expenses while a state budget remains in limbo.

“Eventually school districts will run out of cash that is going to have an impact so we are going to keep an eye on that,” Hite said.

Student Ahmiah Murray is one of the first eighth graders accepted into Carver.

“They say it’s one of the best schools in Philadelphia, so I feel smart,” Murray said.

The school is also accepting 7th graders as part of an effort to expand science technology, engineering and mathematics education.

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