Superintendent: $216 Million Needed to Prevent Schools Going from “Insufficient to Just Empty Shells”

Mural on the southeast wall of South Philadelphia High School. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

Mural on the southeast wall of South Philadelphia High School. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

The Philly Tribune reports on the grave situation still facing Philadelphia schools, as highlighted by Superintendent William Hite. Hite noted the urgency of receiving an additional $216 million in funding to maintain current instructional levels, which he says are less than adequate already. The system is operating under a total shortfall of $400 million.

“Short of the $216 million, our schools will go from insufficient to just empty shells that do not represent what I would consider a functioning school,” said Hite, as quoted this morning in the Tribune.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

There is one comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s