Mayor, Council respond to dire warning from Phila. schools superintendent
August 08, 2013
August 8, 2013 (WPVI) — Philadelphia officials exchanged fighting words Thursday over a “doomsday budget” that the superintendent said threatens the opening of city schools next month.
The $2.4 billion budget eliminates many art, music and sports programs, and includes more than 3,000 staff layoffs.
Mayor Michael Nutter and Superintendent William Hite urged city council Thursday to extend a 1 percent city sales tax to raise $50 million so they can rehire some workers. They said city schools will otherwise be unsafe.