Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup May 20: 'Charters are public schools that are funded with public money… How that money is used is the public’s business."

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for May 20, 2015:
'Charters are public schools that are funded with public money… How that money is used is the public’s business."

School directors, superintendents and administrators are encouraged to register and attend this event.
Bucks / Lehigh / Northampton Legislative Council
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Quakertown Community School District, 100 Commerce Drive  Quakertown, PA 18951
Featured Guests: Former House Education Committee Chair Paul Clymer and New PSERS Chief (former Rep) Glenn Grell

Wolf, Pittsburgh school administrators discuss proposed funding
By Clarece Polke / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette May 19, 2015 2:19 PM
A panel of administrators from Pittsburgh Public Schools presented to Gov. Tom Wolf today areas within the district in need of additional funding.  The governor met with district superintendent Linda Lane and a team of administrators at Pittsburgh Roosevelt PreK-5 in Carrick to discuss how resources from his proposed state budget could be allocated among programs of greatest need.  Carol Barone-Martin, executive director of early childhood education, and Derrick Hardy, principal of Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12, were among the handful of administrators who each gave brief presentations. Ms. Lane emphasized the importance of having additional support services, including mental health professionals, for students, particularly from high-poverty backgrounds.

Governor Wolf Tells PA Chamber to Stop Putting Oil and Gas Interests Ahead of Children and Schools
Governor Wolf Press Release 05/18/2015
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf today sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry regarding their misguided opposition to a commonsense severance tax in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania remains the only major gas-producing state in the country without a tax on natural gas.  Since the introduction of Governor Wolf’s budget, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has repeatedly put oil and gas interests over the interests of children and fixing our schools. Instead of working with the governor on shared priorities including greater investments in education, manufacturing, workforce development, as well as major business tax cuts that will enable companies to invest in Pennsylvania and grow here these groups are simply supporting the status quo.

Wolf, business leaders clash over proposed natural-gas tax by PETER JACKSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS POSTED:May 18, 2015, 6:02 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf clashed Monday with a coalition of more than a dozen business groups that is trying to derail his proposed severance tax on natural-gas drilling, charging that they are putting gas and oil interests ahead of the schools and children that Wolf says will benefit from his plan.  "We cannot keep doing the same thing and expecting different results in Pennsylvania," Wolf said in a response to the coalition led by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. "Now is the time to do big things in Pennsylvania."

Six judges nominated to vie for three seats on Pa. Supreme Court
Trib Live By Melissa Daniels Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 10:54 p.m.
Six judges have a shot at securing one of three open Pennsylvania Supreme Court seats in November, the result of a quiet but expensive primary race.  On the Democratic side, voters chose Superior Court Judge David Wecht, 53, of Indiana Township; Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Kevin Dougherty, 53; and Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue, 62, of Point Breeze. Each received between 21 and 23 percent of the vote, with 93 percent of districts reporting.   
Republican nominees are Superior Court Judge Judith Olson, 57, of Franklin Park; Adams County Common Pleas Judge Michael George, 56; and Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey, 55, of Bucks County. Each received between 20 and 23 percent of the vote.
Pa. Supreme Court race narrows to six candidates after primary
By Christian Alexandersen |  Email the author | Follow on Twitter
on May 19, 2015 at 11:36 PM, updated May 20, 2015 at 12:33 AM
Voters have narrowed the field of Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidates to six as Republicans and Democrats battle to fill an historic number of seats on the state's highest court.  The Republicans and Democrats each have three judicial candidates moving on to the November General election. Supreme Court justices serve 10-year terms.  On Tuesday, the Democrats selected David Wecht with 22 percent of the vote, Kevin Dougherty with 21 percent and Christine Donohue with 21 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting.  The Republicans chose Judith Olson with 22 percent of the vote, Michael George with 22 percent and Anne Covey with 21 votes with 95 percent of precincts reporting.

"I'm left with the impression that Senator Williams did not fully utilize one of his main strengths, and the issue he's most associated with, which is education, which really is the No. 1 issue in the city," Mayor Nutter said yesterday.  Nutter said Williams might have shied away from running hard on education because he didn't want to face scrutiny over his wealthy backers and their interests in education. But he was attacked over them anyway."
How Williams fell - and Kenney rose
DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-5994
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:16 AM
JIM KENNEY for the win, huh?
The former city councilman's historic landslide victory yesterday in the Democratic mayoral primary might have seemed inevitable last week, when an independent poll showed him with a staggering 27-point lead over his chief rival, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.  But a Kenney victory wasn't always a sure bet.  Why, if you could take a trip in a custom DeLorean back to Feb. 8 - a few days after Kenney officially announced his candidacy - you'd find a Philadelphia magazine story with this headline: "Meet Mayoral Front-Runner Anthony Williams."  Williams was pegged as the front-runner as soon as he announced his candidacy last fall.  On paper, he had it all: a well-known name, enviable financial backing from Main Line billionaires and, experts said, a bankable advantage along racial lines.
So, what the hell happened?

The third new seat will go to either public education advocate Helen Gym or charter school dean Isaiah Thomas. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Gym led by about 1,100 votes..with little chance of her margin being overcome.
Philly City Council to get at least three new voices
Philadelphia voters decided to shake up their City Council in Tuesday's primary election.
Three new faces are primed to join the ranks of the 17-member body as at-large council members.  One newcomer was guaranteed an at-large seat because Jim Kenney retired to run for mayor, but two incumbents were also ousted: Wilson Goode Jr, and Ed Neilson, the former state representative backed by the powerful electricians.  Derek Green was the top vote-getter in the Democratic field. He's a small business owner who's served on the staff of retiring councilwoman Marian Tasco. He had the top ballot position.

Good News: Pro-Public Education Candidates Win in Philadelphia!
Diane Ravitch's Blog By dianeravitch May 19, 2015 //
In closely-watched primary races in Philadelphia, pro-public education candidates won in Philadelphia. Helen Gym, a fierce fighter for public schools, won the Democratic nomination for City Council. She was endorsed by the Network for Public Education.

Keystone quagmire
In Our Opinion Editorial By the Notebook on May 18, 2015 10:24 AM
The elephant in the room when discussing graduation rates is Pennsylvania’s Keystone exams. This year’s sophomores will have to pass tests in algebra, biology, and English to earn a diploma when requirements take effect in 2017. If they fail, they can repeat the test or try to pass a “performance-based assessment” that takes an estimated 10 hours to complete.  The District has estimated that only 22 percent of this year’s seniors would meet the new graduation standards. Even in high-performing districts, barely 70 percent of students are passing biology Keystones.  Unquestionably, we must ensure that a high school diploma actually means something is necessary. As districts push hard to improve graduation rates – and as administrators try to avoid the “failing school” label – pressure mounts to graduate students even if they haven’t met basic requirements. Beyond the horror stories of functionally illiterate, unemployable Philadelphia grads is the more widespread problem of students who should be college-ready but can’t place out of remedial community college classes.

"But there is no reason for the charters not to be responsive directly to Right to Know requests about particular aspects of their operations. The charters often complain that their critics misstate how they operate. So, they should embrace the highest level of transparency not merely as a duty, but as an opportunity to perfect the record."  …. Charters are public schools that are funded with public money — including per-student tuition payments from the home public school districts of charter students. How that money is used is the public’s business."
Editorial: Disclosure charters’ duty
Scranton Times-Tribune BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD Published: May 19, 2015
Public charter schools apparently are more like conventional public schools than their advocates believe.  Confronted with Right to Know Law requests from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association about their operations, 160 charter schools initially responded collectively through a spokesman by questioning the PSBA’s motives. That’s how school districts often respond to Right to Know requests, rather than embracing transparency as an important aspect of conducting public business.  The PSBA recently submitted information requests to 160 charter schools with physical locations and another 20 “cyber” charter schools that operate online. It asked for data on charters’ contracts with private management companies, advanced placement courses, administrative salaries and other personnel costs, advertising budgets, charters’ relationships with foundations and educational improvement organizations, and leases.

"In actuality, the Charter School Law requires that a school district that granted a charter be given access only to certain records of the charter school, and fails to assure any access to records of other charter schools the district pays for resident students to attend. Moreover, the law does not specifically mention financial records as a part of that access, and gives school districts no access at all to the records of cyber charter schools, which are authorized by the Department of Education.  The Right-to-Know Law provides the most efficient means, if not the only means, for PSBA to collect the requested information directly from the source."
STATEMENT: PSBA questions Charter Coalition’s directive to its members to violate Right-to-Know Law
PSBA website posted by Steve Robinson May 19, 2015
On May 15, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) filed a Right-to-Know request to all charter and cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania seeking financial and academic information that is subject to disclosure under the Right-to-Know Law  (“RTK”), in an effort to better understand the operations, financial needs and expenses of Pennsylvania charter schools (see news release on filing). A Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools spokesperson quickly reacted by suggesting that charter schools should ignore their obligations under the RTK, along with the misleading claim that school districts already have the requested information.  The Coalition’s spokesperson, Lauren Hawk, stated in an interview with the online state political news service Capitolwire that “The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools has no problem with either transparency or full responsiveness to legitimate RTK requests, but when the law is being used to harass, rather than inform, then the requests should be denied.”
PSBA questions why the Coalition would authorize Ms. Hawk to encourage its members to deliberately violate state law.

"Which raises an important question: What is there in the long and less-than-stellar history of the Pennsylvania General Assembly that gives a reasonable person hope that present and future lawmakers, individually and collectively, will do the right thing by fully funding public schools when and if revenues from income and sales taxes stagnate or decline?
Sadly, the answer is a resounding “nothing.”
Can we trust state lawmakers to adequately fund education?
Post Gazette Letter by BOB UHRINIAK May 20, 2015 12:00 AM
Local control of public education in Pennsylvania could be in serious trouble if the property tax reform proposals being pushed in Harrisburg become law.  Although the details haven’t been worked out, the legislation would increase the commonwealth’s income and sales taxes. The resulting revenue would then be sent along to school districts, which would be required to reduce property taxes.  The legislation also includes safeguards that, as columnist Brian O’Neill wrote Sunday, make sure “that [property] taxes don’t just go down but stay down” (“Proposed Tax Swap Adds Up to Complex, Tantalizing Effort,” May 17).  This requirement is potentially lethal because it strips local school districts of the flexibility they need to fund an education system that reflects the needs and expectations of the communities they serve. Instead, money will come from and power will reside in Harrisburg.

Conestoga Valley school board outsources support staff
Lancaster Online by DONNA WALKER | LNP Correspondent Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:30 pm
At Monday’s school board meeting, the Conestoga Valley Education Association made a show of solidarity with 197 support staff whose jobs will soon be outsourced.  CV signed a contract May 11 with Malvern-based School Operation Services Group of Lancaster to provide the district with custodial, cafeteria and classroom aide workers. Last week, those employees learned the private contractor would be their new employer as of July 1.  The savings for the district will be $600,000 by 2020, Superintendent Gerald Huesken said.

Saucon Valley teachers say possibility of strike back on
By Christina Tatu Of The Morning Call May 19, 2015
The Saucon Valley teachers union notified district officials Tuesday it wants to go back to the bargaining table instead of entering nonbinding arbitration before a single arbitrator, district labor attorney Jeffrey Sultanik said.  In addition, the union announced the possibility of a strike is back on the table but did not submit an official notice, which would be required 48 hours in advance of a strike, Sultanik said.  Teachers previously said they would go to nonbinding arbitration in lieu of a strike during the remainder of the school year.  The school board voted April 28 to move to nonbinding arbitration if a May 7 bargaining session failed to produce a deal. The board later rejected a new contract proposal submitted by the union during that session.

"The $94,474,708 spending package represents a $3.5 million increase over the current year’s $90, 963,403 budget. That increase is driven primarily by a hike in personnel costs will by $3.1 million. Of that, about $1 million is the result of a state mandated increase in the district’s contribution to the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS).  As with all school districts in the state, Owen J. Roberts’ contribution to PSERS has been rising steadily each year, and will continue to do so for the next several years, reaching over 27 percent by 2018. To cover those costs, the district has set aside a portion of its fund balance specifically to handle the annual PSERS increases, thereby lessening the impact on taxpayers."
OJR school budget includes 1.9 percent tax hike
By Laura Catalano, For Digital First Media POSTED: 05/19/15, 5:54 PM EDT |
SOUTH COVENTRY >> The Owen J. Roberts School Board unanimously approved the final general fund budget for the 2015-16 school year that hikes property taxes by 1.9 percent.  The .5 mill increase raises the taxes levied by the district to 28.8262 mills, or about $2.88 per 100 dollars of assessed property value. For the average homeowner with a property assessed at $159,000, that equates to an additional $85 in taxes to the district each year, according to district Chief Financial Officer Jaclin Krumrine.  Krumrine noted that the budget keeps the tax increase within the state’s Act 1 index.

"Among our challenges and concerns include the following areas: uncertainty of commonwealth funding, increasing costs in special education, with little to no meaningful assistance in funding from the commonwealth," he said. "School choice comes at a cost. Next year we are once again budgeting approximately $2.4 million in payments" to charter and cybercharter schools."
Parkland School District plans to raise taxes 1.85 percent
By Margie Peterson Special to The Morning Call May 20, 2015
Parkland taxpayers would pay $58 more in property tax under a budget the school board OK'd Tuesday.  Parkland School District is planning to hike property taxes 1.85 percent, driven in part by increases in employee salaries and benefits, contributions to pensions and a rise in special education costs.  The district's $157.6 million budget for 2015-16 would raise the tax rate from 14.09 mills to 14.35 mills. At the new rate, a homeowner with property valued at $225,214 would pay $3,231 in real estate taxes or an additional $58.  Parkland plans to use about $5 million of the district fund balance to make up the projected deficit between an expected $152.1 million in revenues and $157.6 million in estimated expenditures. Parkland expects to have about $5.5 million left in the fund balance at year's end, according to John Vignone, director of business administration.  Superintendent Richard Sniscak said trends in tax revenue, including the earned income tax, have remained positive, but the district has to contend with many budget challenges.

Reading's high school graduation rate inches up
WITF Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | May 19, 2015 3:41 AM
 (Reading) -- A recent national report paints an optimistic picture of how far Pennsylvania public schools have come.  Overall in the three years surveyed, the statewide high school graduation rate rose three percentage points.  Among the five largest districts, Reading finishes right in the middle when ranked by improvements in the high school graduation rate.   In a district that is about 80 percent Hispanic, the graduation rate jumped six percentage points from 2011 and 2013. That pushes its rate just above Allentown for 2013, with the next closest - Philadelphia - at 70 percent.

Daniel Boone School Board OKs tentative final budget with no tax increase
Reading Eagle By Anthony Orozco  Tuesday May 19, 2015 12:01 AM
The Daniel Boone School Board approved a tentative final budget Monday night that does not increase taxes.  But the futures of 11 teaching positions and dozens of cafeteria workers remains up in the air.  The $53.09 million tentative final budget for the 2015-16 school year will leave the real estate tax millage rate at 28.9618.  Under that rate, the owner of a property assessed at $100,000 would continue to pay about $2,896 in school taxes annually.

Ten years later, city's 'dropout crisis' improves
Nearly a decade after a landmark study flagged a "dropout crisis" in Philadelphia, more city youths are graduating from high school on time and fewer are dropping out.  Still, some groups - African American and Hispanic males, teen mothers, students involved in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems - lag significantly, a follow-up study to be released Wednesday has found.  Just over half of the students who entered city high schools between 1997 and 2001 graduated on time. That figure jumped 12 percentage points, to 64 percent, by the class that entered in 2008.  The dropout rate decreased to 25 percent from 29 percent in the same time period.

SRC to vote on turning over Young Scholars-Douglass to Mastery
the notebook By Dale Mezzacappa on May 19, 2015 10:01 PM
The School Reform Commission plans to vote on a resolution Thursday that keeps open the academically struggling Young Scholars Frederick Douglass charter school in North Philadelphia on the condition that its management be taken over by Mastery Charter.  Douglass is one of the initial seven low-performing District schools given to a charter operator for academic turnaround in 2010 under the Renaissance Schools initiative, and it is the first to be recommended for transfer from one charter operator to another.   The current operator, Scholar Academies, runs two other schools in Philadelphia, as well as schools in Washington, DC and Trenton. One of its other Philadelphia charters, Kenderton Elementary, is also a Renaissance school that the organization took over in 2013.

Voters support an end to School Reform Commission
POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:16 AM
CITY VOTERS approved abolishing the School Reform Commission and answered "yes" to each of three other questions on the ballot in yesterday's election.  The vote to abolish the SRC won't elicit any immediate action, said City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who sponsored the ballot question - and also won the Democratic primary for re-election to her Council seat.   "This gives us a chance to talk about it with the governor," Blackwell said of the SRC question in a phone interview before the results were known.  "People feel they need a more-connected board," possibly including relatives of students in the district, she said.  Blackwell also sponsored a ballot question on creating an independent Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten, which would have 17 members appointed by the mayor and Council and work on funding and implementing pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds without reducing existing funding for education. The commission would send a funding strategy to Council each year until one is adopted.

NLRB blocks union election at Stetson Charter School
THE NATIONAL Labor Relations Board yesterday blocked a union vote set for later this week at John B. Stetson Charter School after the union behind the organizing efforts filed an unfair-labor-practice charge.  The Alliance of Charter School Employees union claims that Stetson, which is managed by charter operator ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania, has violated federal law. The school has interfered with employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act, according to the union, by:

"A visibly frustrated Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota pledged on Tuesday to veto an education funding bill that would lift state spending on schools by $400 million over the next two years — an increase that Mr. Dayton said was inadequate to serve the needs of Minnesota schoolchildren."
A Vow to Veto a Schools Bill in Minnesota
New York Times By JULIE BOSMAN MAY 19, 2015
A visibly frustrated Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota pledged on Tuesday to veto an education funding bill that would lift state spending on schools by $400 million over the next two years — an increase that Mr. Dayton said was inadequate to serve the needs of Minnesota schoolchildren.  Mr. Dayton, a Democrat, had advocated universal prekindergarten for the state’s 4-year-olds, an initiative that was not included in the bill, which passed in the final day of the legislative session. Minnesota had a budget surplus of $1.9 billion this year, leading many lawmakers to say recently that they expected the governor and the Legislature to reach a compromise.  Instead, the divided Legislature appears headed for a special session. A long-planned renovation at the Capitol began shortly after the session ended Monday at midnight, leaving lawmakers without a place to resume work. At a news conference on Tuesday, Governor Dayton suggested holding the session in a tent on the Capitol lawn.

Allegations Against Charter School Raise Questions about Tracking Online Truancy
NPR State Impact Ohio BY KAREN KASLER MAY 7, 2015 | 3:46 PM
Allegations that an online charter school may be getting paid for hundreds of students who haven’t logged-on in months has fired up the debate about how to track schools that don’t have classrooms, but do get millions in state funding.  The two ranking members on the Ohio House Education Committee each got an anonymous e-mail showing 402 students were truant for months at Ohio Virtual Academy, which has more than 13,000 students.  But only 14 of those students have been withdrawn.

The End of Separation of Church and State?
Diane Ravitch's Blog By dianeravitch May 19, 2015 //
Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a tuition tax credit bill that is widely recognized as a backdoor voucher. The tax credits would benefit wealthy individuals and corporations. Cuomo has said this measure is a high-priority for him, and he has campaigned with Catholic clerics and in Orthodox Jewish communities.  The rationale, as with all privatization proposals, is to help low-income students escape “failing schools.” In fact, the plan will drain at least $150 million annually from the state’s education funds, which will harm far more low-income students than those who depart for religious schools.

"The lawsuit — which is said to be the first of its kind in the country — speaks to a central problem with many federal and state school reform efforts: a focus on holding students, teacher and schools “accountable” through standardized test scores and less (if any at all) on the mental and physical conditions in which many students come to school every day."
Should schools be required to address students’ trauma? Unprecedented lawsuit says ‘yes.’
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss May 19 at 2:45 PM  
Should public schools be required to directly address the trauma that many students experience outside of class but that affects their academic performance? An unprecedented federal class-action lawsuit in California charges that the Compton Unified School District’s failure to do so violates the rights of staff and students — but the people behind the unique suit say that the issue is national, and the outcome could affect schools nationwide.  According to this story in L.A. School Report, five students and three teachers are plaintiffs in the suit.  It quotes Mark Rosenbaum, of Public Counsel, a public advocacy law firm, one of two firms that filed the suit, as saying during a webcast:  “The No. 1 one public health problem in the United States today is the affect of childhood trauma on students’ opportunity to learn. The widely known, but little addressed scientific fact of life is that childhood trauma can negatively effect the capacity of any child to learn and to succeed in school.”

$75 Billion Early-Education Bill Resurrected in U.S. House
Education Week Early Years Blog By Christina Samuels on May 19, 2015 4:25 PM
Cross-posted on Politics K-12 By Lauren Camera Washington
Members of Congress have resurrected a legislative plan to expand early-childhood education programs for children birth through 5 years of age, but they don't expect it to get very far despite it having some bipartisan support.  Reps. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., along with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and 19 other Senate Democratic co-sponsors, introduced the Strong Start for America's Children Act Tuesday. The measure was originally proposed in 2013 and relies on a federal-state partnership.   But the hefty price tag attached to the proposal—roughly $75 billion over 10 years—will likely be a non-starter for most Republicans in both chambers.

School directors, superintendents and administrators are encouraged to register and attend this event.
Bucks / Lehigh / Northampton Legislative Council
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Quakertown Community School District, 100 Commerce Drive  Quakertown, PA 18951
Welcome by Paul Stepanoff , Board President , QCSD
Introduction of Paul Clymer, State of State Education

Mr. Glenn Grell , PSERS Executive Director
Introduction by Dr. Bill Harner, Superintendent QCSD

Panel of Superintendents and Elected School Directors from Bucks / Lehigh / Northampton Counties
Introduction by Mark B. Miller, Board Vice President, Centennial SD

1) The status of 2015-16 budget in their district (including proposed tax increase)
2) PSERS impact on their budget
3) Proposed use of any new funding from Commonwealth

Larry Feinberg and Ron Williams
Benefit and need for County Wide Legislative Council in Delaware and Montgomery Counties respectively

Dr. Tom Seidenberger (Retired Superintendent ) - Circuit Rider Update

SAVE The DATE: Northwestern PA School Funding Forum
May 28, 2015 7:00 PM Jefferson Educational Society 3207 State St. Erie, PA 16508
Conneaut School District
Mr. Jarrin Sperry, Superintendent, Ms. Jody Sperry, Board President
Corry School District
Mr. William Nichols, Superintendent
Fort LeBoeuf School District
Mr. Richard Emerick, Assistant Superintendent
Girard School District
Dr. James Tracy, Superintendent
Harbor Creek School District
Ms. Christine Mitchell, Board President
Millcreek School District
Mr. William Hall, Superintendent Mr. Aaron O'Toole, Director of Finance and Accounting
Keynote Speaker
Mr. Jay Himes, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials

PHILADELPHIA—The School District of Philadelphia, in partnership with local organizations, will host community budget meetings. District officials will share information about budget projections and request input on school resources and investments.  Partnering groups include the Philadelphia Education Fund, POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild), Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), local clergy and community advocates. All meetings will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:
 Wednesday, May 20

Martin Luther King High School6100 Stenton Ave.

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