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Gov. Corbett to release $45-million for Philadelphia schools
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HARRISBURG, Pa. - October 16, 2013 (WPVI) -- Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday he has agreed to release $45 million for the Philadelphia schools as the state's largest school district goes through its worst financial crisis in memory and questions swirl about a student's apparently asthma-related death after attending a school without a nurse on site.

Corbett made the announcement at an unrelated news conference in his Capitol offices and did not take questions afterward. However, he said his decision came a day after a letter from the Philadelphia school superintendent, William Hite, convinced him that district officials had made enough progress toward the governor's educational and financial goals for improvements in the 134,000-student district.

Corbett also said he and his wife sent their sympathies to the family of 12-year-old Laporshia Massey, although a spokesman for Corbett later said the release of the money and the girl's death were not connected.

Still, Corbett's acting education secretary, Carolyn Dumaresq, said Wednesday her department will review the circumstances of Massey's death and will try to determine whether she had an inhaler with her the day she died and whether she was able to self-administer it. Dumaresq also said her department would review the district's emergency plans and staffing, and correct any problems it finds.

Dumaresq said it is not unusual for a smaller public school to be without a nurse on site each day because the state requires that the caseload of school nurses must not exceed 1,500 students per nurse. Sometimes one nurse covers two buildings, Dumaresq said.

Hite said Wednesday the money would allow the state-controlled district to restore sports and music for the full year and rehire about 400 people, including guidance counselors, assistant principals and teachers. However, he said he did not plan to rehire any nurses, as union officials and a parent's organization urged, because the district has met the state's caseload standard.

Holding six weeks of classes without the money has been "detrimental," he said.

The district approved a budget of nearly $2.4 billion, and the extra money helps close the gap from the prior year's nearly $2.7 billion budget.

The state Legislature had approved the money in July, although it gave the secretary of education the power to first demand improvements to fiscal stability, educational improvement and operational control.

Initially, Corbett, a Republican, had sought significant concessions from the teachers union, but Corbett's budget secretary, Charles Zogby, said Hite's letter summarizing steps taken, such as managing teacher assignments and closing schools, were satisfactory, even though negotiations with the teachers' union continue without a contract.

Layoff notices that went out in June to nearly 4,000 employees wiped out 20 percent of the district's employees. A pledge by Mayor Michael Nutter to borrow $50 million against future sales tax receipts prompted the rehiring of some laid-off staff and encouraged Hite to back off a threat not to open the schools Sept. 9.

Philadelphia officials had been harshly critical of the administration's decision to withhold the money, and the death of Massey, a sixth-grader at Bryant Elementary, renewed an outcry over conditions in the district. A parents' group, Parents United for Public Education, said the district's lack of money is "dangerous and it is unsustainable. It has put children and families directly in harm's way."


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First the residents of Philadelphia bitch about the governor for not giving the school district money, and then when he does give them money the residents start bitching about him again (see the comments section in the link I provided). A republican can give a Philadelphian a new house and the residents will bitch about them because of the 'R' next to their name.
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WHAT a bunch of jerks responding to that... 2 months late.. SO WHAT... your getting the money that I pay in for YOUR schools... Let the morons in Philly pay their kids education and quit bitching about sending a sick kid home. That people is what PARENTS do... take care of the sick kid... It is not the responsibility of the school to provide medical care for them, again, at taxpayers expense... And if the graduation rate is do low maybe the parent should get more involved with educating their kids at home instead of pushing them away to play video games while they party....
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schr8er2000;122092 Wrote:WHAT a bunch of jerks responding to that... 2 months late.. SO WHAT... your getting the money that I pay in for YOUR schools... Let the morons in Philly pay their kids education and quit bitching about sending a sick kid home. That people is what PARENTS do... take care of the sick kid... It is not the responsibility of the school to provide medical care for them, again, at taxpayers expense... And if the graduation rate is do low maybe the parent should get more involved with educating their kids at home instead of pushing them away to play video games while they party....

Remember, this is Philly you are talking about, they are a City of the 1st. ASS, they are special. Big Grin
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