TAG budget forum calls for shift in school spending focus

    About 150 people attended last night’s budget forum with the Teacher Action Group, Education Not Incarceration-Delaware Valley and ACTION United. Some of the key issues brought up centered on budget priorities of the state and the School District of Philadelphia.

    The Notebook‘s Ron Whitehorne attended the forum, which City Controller Alan Butkovitz and State Rep. James Roebuck also went to. He highlighted five key points addressed at the forum, which mostly discussed state and school district spending.

    One such criticism of the district focused on some Imagine 2014 elements: “Based on the discussion, this audience seemed to favor rolling back Renaissance Schools, scripted curriculum, and spending on security infrastructure, while preserving lower class size and core instruction.”

    Ron’s takeaway emphasized the difference between the TAG forum and a previous one sponsored by the district, the latter of which he said, “left me feeling angry and demoralized.”

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