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WE'RE NOT ALONE
- 70 percent of school districts increased class sizes above what they were in the 2010-11 school year.
- 58 percent delayed purchases of technology, such as computers.
- 55 percent indicated they reduced or eliminated student field trips.
- 44 percent reduced elective courses not required for graduation, such as foreign languages, arts, music, physical education and even some core subjects, such as math, English, sciences and social studies.
- Nearly 35 percent reduced or eliminated programs providing tutoring for struggling students.
- Nearly 33 percent indicated they had reduced or eliminated extracurricular activities, including sports programs.
- Almost 20 percent eliminated their summer school programs, in which students can make up the necessary credits to allow them to graduate on time.
- Four school districts eliminated full-day kindergarten, and nine reduced their full-day kindergarten programs.
If you've ever been to a carnival or fair, you've undoubtedly seen the shell-game sideshow. You know, the one in which the peanut is placed beneath a shell and the handler moves it quicker than the eye can follow.
The shell game is a good analogy for Gov. Tom Corbett's education budget although, as you will read, it's not all his fault.
The governor hiked state funding by $338.1 million, or 3.7 percent. Given the state of
But a closer look reveals that most of the money — $319 million of the $338.1 million — is designated to cover mandated increases in teacher retirement costs. That leaves a paltry $19 million increase for instructional purposes to be split among 500 school districts.
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Christopher McGinley, Superintendent,
Nofre Vaquer, Director, ARC of Philadelphia
Hiram Rivera, Executive Director, Philadelphia Student Union
Dale Mezzacappa, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Dan Hardy, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
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