School District of Philadelphia makes funding case to City Council

"What we're asking for now is to maintain the stability that we've fought so hard to get to."

Mike DeNardo
May 09, 2018 - 1:29 pm
William Hite and the School District of Philadelphia make their funding case to City Council.

Pat Loeb-KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The School District of Philadelphia, set to return to local control, backed Mayor Jim Kenney's funding plan during budget hearings Wednesday before City Council. 

Council is weighing how much of Kenney's tax package to approve, to help the school district fill a projected nearly $1 billion deficit over the next five years.  Council President Darrell Clarke asked Superintendent William Hite if the state's share of funding was enough. Hite said his only concern was the total revenue package.

"What we're asking for now is to maintain the stability that we've fought so hard to get to, to this point," Hite said. "It's still not anywhere what we need to be adequate."

The mayor's appointed school board takes control of the school district July 1. And they'll have to manage the district's budget with whatever Council approves.