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Ackerman: Parents, help fight the budget cuts

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

by Patrick Cobbs

Philadelphia schools chief Arlene Ackerman called on parents for help March 31 with the massive education cuts proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett for next year, but she said there is one program she will try to keep safe – the district’s 31 turnaround schools.

“Those are our schools that are our lowest-performing, and have been low-performing for sometimes decades, and so we’ve made that a priority,” she said.

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission adopted a budget Wednesday that cuts $629 million in district spending in response to Corbett’s $1.1 billion in proposed cuts to K-12 education.

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook reported those cuts would include a reduction by half in central office spending, reduced school budgets by about $1 million each, reduced school nursing staff, fewer special education liaisons, and a move to half-day kindergarten for many schools, among other cuts.

Thursday night Ackerman spoke to about 400 parents and students at Leeds Middle School in the East Mt. Airy/Cedarbrook neighborhood to further outline the impacts.

This story continues on the NewsWorks website; it is a product of a reporting collaboration between the Notebook and WHYY.

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