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Philadelphia Schools May Not Open On Time Without Extra Funding

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Summer may last a little longer for students in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s 136,000 public school students are set to return to school on September 9, but according to the School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William Hite, the district may not be able to open the schools due to a lack of funding.

Due to budget cuts and layoffs enacted earlier this year, the district has a $304 million budget deficit that must be closed with only four weeks left before school is scheduled to start. Hite says there are a few scenarios that could play out if the district doesn’t get the cash.

One option is to keep all 218 schools closed past September 9 and another would be to only open a portion of the schools. The last option would be to open the schools, but only for half days. In addition to delaying the opening of the schools, the funding gap also causes schools to eliminate extra-curricular activities and non-core courses such as art.

SOURCE: NBC Philadelphia

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