An update on Philadelphia public schools

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In Philadelphia, there is still no plan for closing a $629 million budget gap facing the Philadelphia School District.  Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has asked the City to kick in $102 million to keep things like smaller class sizes, art and music programs and school nurses.  The Mayor has suggested a “sugar tax” on sweetened beverages and a property tax increase and City Council is still considering how they will raise the funds.  And a hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning regarding School District of Philadelphia teacher layoffs was postponed so the situation is status quo.  We get an update from Inquirer education reporter KRISTEN GRAHAM and the Public School Notebook’s DALE MEZZACAPPA.

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