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

John Micek, the Morning Call’s state house reporter, just posted the House Appropriations Committee’s district-by-district breakdown for basic education subsidies in the 2010-11 state budget.

In this breakdown, the Philadelphia School District is slated to receive a $64,189,949 increase in its basic education subsidy, which is approximately $30 million less than the District had projected it would receive this fiscal year: $94,905,000.

How will Philly deal with this shortfall? What planned reforms or projects now have to be reconsidered?

It is worth noting that the basic education subsidy is not the only category of state money coming into the School District of Philadelphia. There are state funds flowing into Philly for special education, charter school reimbursements, and vocational education, to name a few. State subsidies for all these areas could be on the chopping block, given that even the core basic education subsidy falls substantially below the District’s projections.

This information will probably not be available for a few days, but I will continue to update budget news as it comes out…

UPDATE: The budget passed the state legislature on time.

UPDATE: Report from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition rally.

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