This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
by Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks
As the Philadelphia School District is warning of drastic cuts if the state and city can’t provide $216 million more, the head of City Council would like more fiscal control if he’s going to provide more money for schools.
Council President Darrell Clarke says he understands that the School District of Philadelphia is in need, but he wants a stick to accompany the carrots the city supplies. That stick, he says, would be some sort of control over any new money that comes from the city.
"I just don’t think it’s fair or appropriate for the City Council of Philadelphia to simply each year be asked to raise taxes on the citizens of Philadelphia, although it is for a very important issue, the schools," Clarke said. "But the reality is there is no level of fiscal oversight on behalf of the City Council of Philadelphia and I think that needs to be changed."