The inept School District of Philadelphia is about to run out of money, and like clockwork, its leadership is blaming everyone except themselves.
With an ongoing stalemate over the state budget in Harrisburg, finances remain precarious for many agencies that depend on the commonwealth for funding.
The cash-flow situation is particularly dire for the Philadelphia School District, which educates about 130,000 students. In a letter sent to staff Tuesday night, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said the school system could run out of money on January 29 without a new state budget.
Never mind Pennsylvania has not had a Republican governor since 2003. Never mind Philadelphia has not has a Republican mayor since 1952. Never mind the former schools superintendent received a $950,000 buyout. Never mind the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers stole $6 million from their members’ health care fund. Forget all that. The real problem here is the eeeevil Republicans in the State House who refuse to bend to Governor Tom Wolf’s demands.
The School District of Philadelphia is an incompetent, corrupt organization which throws away money like I throw away candy wrappers. They have been crying poverty for as long as I can remember, despite the fact their most recent budget (2014-15) was $2.6 billion. That’s billion, with a “b.”
That’s not enough anymore. Now the district is demanding another $300 million. Are they out of their damned minds? In my opinion, until Philly can demonstrate they can practice fiscal responsibility, they shouldn’t receive dollar one. If the schools have to close, so be it.
I’d like to think the administrators and teachers would eventually break out of their robotic “obey the union” slumber and realize what is going on here, but since the school district just gave the current superintendent a five-year contract extension, I won’t hold my breath.