Entire 5,466 Detroit Teacher Force Laid Off, Now Philly’s 4,000 Teachers to be Laid Off
Detroit last week laid off ALL 5,466 of its teachers in a radical new agenda set forth by Governor Rick Snyder. Now it is Philadelphia’s turn. When will Americans rise up against this draconian trend? The next step in this process is to privatize schools — that means everyone will pay corporations to educate their children. Can’t afford it? Homeschooling will be required and that means a hit to two-income families.
According to Business Insider, “State budget cuts will force Philadelphia’s schools to lay off 3,820 employees – including 12% of the district’s teacher – to close a gaping budget shortfall next year, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.”
The Philadelphia School District – which has about 155,000 students – faces a $292 million loss in state aid next year, the result of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed $1.1 billion cut in the state’s education budget.
The loss in state aid is compounded by a weak economy, declining city revenues, and the loss of federal stimulus money. Philadelphia school officials project the district’s revenues will drop by 12% – or $377 million. Now, dramatic cuts are needed to close a $629 million hole in the district’s $2.7 billion school budget.