Liquor Revenue Necessary to Prevent 3,783 Layoffs in School District of Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Council is considering several revenue changes that require authorization by the General Assembly to address the funding crisis at the School District of Philadelphia. The request comes after the district has taken extraordinary measures to reduce expenditures, including the elimination of almost 1,000 school nurses, counselors, classroom aids, and other positions in 2012. In May, the School Reform Commission adopted a budget that eliminates art and music programs and most school sports, and incorporates the closure of 23 schools. On June 7, district administration sent layoff notices to 3,783 employees. New revenue from the city and state is necessary to avoid the most harmful cuts and avert the long-term damage that will be done to the current cohort of public school students.

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