District finally reveals size of budget gap | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Phila. schools face painful cuts
[Updated, 10:10 pm] Superintendent Arlene Ackerman today acknowledged the size of the District's budget gap for next year to be "$400 to $500 million or more" - an amount that likely represents about 15 percent of total District spending.A note will be going out tomorrow to staff.The District's response to its financial woes was described as a process involving three phases, starting with immediate spending reductions and furlough days for top staff. Much deeper cuts in "phase two" for next school year, when the District faces a loss of federal stimulus funds, would include the following, according to Nunery:
more furlough days,
potential layoffs of one-fourth of all central office staff,
cuts in school budgets, and
increases in class size.
If caps on charter enrollment are lifted or a voucher bill is passed by the state legislature, Nunery acknowledged that the District will be forced to move into a "phase three" that "will disrupt our core programs and initiatives."
I also think this map is interesting, shows where the money is. Lower Merion spends almost twice as much per student. I imagine its cuts will be far less damaging. (Old data, I know).