Philly Schools Might Not Open on Time Without Millions More in Funding

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Superintendent William Hite will announce an update on the budget crisis for the Philadelphia School District. (Published Friday, Aug 15, 2014)

Will Philadelphia public schools open on time and will any teachers be laid off?

Those are the tough questions facing the cash-strapped school district as a major funding deadline approaches. Friday is a vital day for parents and students as school officials are expected to announce if the district will open on time on Sept. 8.

Superintendent William Hite will address the big questions during a press conference Friday morning at the Philadelphia School District headquarters at 10 a.m.

NBC10.com will carry the press conference LIVE on this page

Philly School Budget Crisis Continues

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The Philadelphia school budget crisis is still looming over the district as classes are set to start in less than a month. NBC10's Christine Maddela spoke with both anxious teachers and with state governor Tom Corbett who has put the issue at the center of his campaign. She reports from Blue Bell, Montgomery County. (Published Friday, Aug 15, 2014)

In recent weeks, Hite has said that without millions of dollars more in the bank that he would be forced to begin laying off teachers while pushing back the start of school.

Last week, Gov. Tom Corbett advanced the district $265 million in hopes it would allow for schools to open on time without further cuts. But, as Hite pointed out at the time, a $2-per-pack cigarette tax is needed to close the $81-million gap that remains.

Pennsylvania lawmakers went on summer vacation without approving the city’s tax proposal.

The money mess leaves parents and kids in limbo.

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One of the first programs cut in the Philadelphia school budget crisis was music. Now, some students are taking their talents to the streets, to keep the music alive. As NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez reports, these students don't just play for a few hours, they play all day long. (Published Thursday, Aug 14, 2014)

“It’s always frustrating as a parent and as a teacher watching where it just seems to become about numbers all the time and you don’t put our childrens’ faces to the numbers as you cut, cut, cut,” said Philadelphia special-education teacher and school parent Nefertiti White.

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