KTEP - El Paso, Texas

Cash-Strapped Philadelphia Schools Ask Parents To Fill Gaps

Sep 6, 2013
Originally published on September 6, 2013 3:20 pm

The Philadelphia school system was forced to cut millions of dollars from its budget, lay off hundreds of employees and shutter nearly two dozen schools to help close a billion dollar shortfall. Some principals are asking parents to "contribute" as much as $600 per student to help pay for basic supplies and the school superintendent threatened to delay the start of classes this month until the city kicked in $50 million to cover the minimum level of staffing.