(Sep 8) Excitement, but also funding concerns as kids return to Philly schools

By Solomon Leach
Philadelphia Daily News

Like clockwork, tens of thousands of students will descend on the city’s public schools today, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after saying goodbye to summer.

But another all-too-familiar tradition is the lingering concern about the district’s funding – this time, due to the fact state lawmakers have not adopted a budget, meaning it cannot dispense dollars to the commonwealth’s 501 school districts.

Superintendent William Hite has said if the budget is not passed this month, the district could eventually run out of money.

For parents like Elizabeth Roberts, they can only hope saner heads prevail.

“[It is] very much a concern for the safety of the school, teachers, and students,” said Roberts, whose son will attend Wilson Middle School in Northeast Philadelphia. “I know [lack of funding] really affects art and music and extracurricular activities. Those are the first things to get whacked.”

Full story: Excitement, but also funding concerns as kids return to Philly schools, by Solomon Leach, Philadelphia Daily News, 09/08/15

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