This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
by Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks
Mayor Nutter says an ad paid for by the teachers’ union that contends that he’s siding with Gov. Corbett in not funding the city’s schools is distracting and wrong.
"The fact of the matter is that there are desperately needed reforms and changes that need to be made. Many are economic and will help us save money," he said Monday during a news conference. "Those savings will actually bring more teachers, more counselors, more noontime aides back to school."
District officials say that for the schools to open with more than the bare essentials, teachers must provide $130 million worth of givebacks.