Sarah Leitner

All Eyes on Teachers Union for Remainder of Philadelphia School Funding

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) union will likely have the final say on whether the schools in Pennsylvania’s largest city will have enough funding for the full 2013-14 school year. Mayor Michael Nutter, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, the Philadelphia City Council, Philadelphia school Superintendent William Hite, and the state-run School Reform Commission (SRC) have […]

Budget Secretary: $45M to Philly Schools Requires Union Concessions

Pennsylvania Secretary of the Budget Charles Zogby said in a statement Tuesday morning the Philadelphia School District will not receive $45 million in funding until the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) agrees to union concessions. The school district is asking the union to accept $133 million in pay cuts and work-rule reforms. “A new collective bargaining […]

Pennsylvania School District Reserve Funds Increased to $3.8 Billion in 2012

Pennsylvania schools, which are clamoring for more state funding, had reserve funds totaling $3.8 billion in 2012. School districts were widely criticized last year for not dipping into their reserves, which increased from a June 2011 total of $3.5 billion. “It’s been increasing every year for the past several years,” Department of Education spokesman Tim […]