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SRC hearing on ’empty shell’ budget

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

The School Reform Commission conducted a public hearing tonight on the District’s proposed "empty shell" budget. Superintendent William Hite has said the District could fall $216 million short of providing services on par with this year.

The meeting began at 5:30 p.m. Chief Financial Officer Matthew Stanski delivered the presentation on the $2.49 billion budget proposal. Public testimony followed.

For those who want to pore over the details, various documents were recently posted on the District’s website: the comprehensive, 273-page consolidated budget, the abridged Budget in Brief, along with the Guide to School Budgets.

The District also released several data sets earlier this week, including granular budget and expenditure data from the previous fiscal year.

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