Report Card on Philadelphia School Funding

A group of Philadelphia education advocates issued a year-end report card to Philadelphia City Council and the Pennsylvania General Assembly on their work to fully fund the Philadelphia public schools. City Council earned a C- grade, for exhibiting potential and a desire to help but leaving incomplete many funding options, including authorizing a 1% sales tax to be directed to the public schools. The General Assembly rated a D-, lacking initiative and failing to prioritize the education of public school students. Other notable issues were a failure to pass a cigarette tax increase requested for Philadelphia, dropping the ball on charter school funding reform, and abandoning an equitable school funding formula. Both bodies were encouraged to improve their grades by completing their assignments before March 31, 2014.

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Groups Release Report Card On School Funding [video]
NBC 10 | 12/19/2013

Education Advocates Give City Council, State Lawmakers Low Marks
KYW 1060 | 12/20/2013

Philly School Funding Report Card
Comcast SportNet | 12/19/2013