Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter spent Tuesday touring five city schools hardest hit by proposed budget cuts.
Late last month, the School Reform Commission approved a budget that accounted for the school district’s $629 million deficit for the next fiscal year.
On Tuesday, the mayor met students, principals and faculty directly affected by the cuts. Nutter is hoping to finding funding for crucial services, including buses andall day kindergarten.
“I just want to ask all of our citizens, all of our stakeholders, to rally together and do what’s in the best interests of our children in Philadelphia schools", said Chuanika Thomas, principal of Logan Elementary School.
On Thursday, city council will host on hearing to try and come up with more money for the schools. The mayor’s proposed soda tax and increased property taxes will be up for debate.