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School stakeholders shape budgets together

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Since this fall, over 80 parents from more than a dozen Philadelphia schools have participated in trainings about how they can impact their schools’ budgets. This spring, parents will join the principal and teachers from their schools for workshops designed to help them work on their schools’ budgets together.

The workshops, on March 19 and April 1, are organized by the Philadelphia chapter of the Cross City Campaign, a local coalition of public school advocacy and activist organizations. In order to participate, schools must assemble a team including the principal and at least two teachers and two parents.

"This is an exciting chance for parents, teachers, and principals to collaborate on priorities for their school and to learn how to work those priorities into a school budget," says Fran Sugarman of Cross City.

For more information about the workshops, contact Fran Sugarman at 215-665-1400, x3351 or

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