Friday, July 25, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Are things so bad in Harrisburg that the city might cut kindergarten?

Perhaps you've heard about the $4.5 million package Pa. is sending to Harrisburg to help it stave off a default on a major debt payment. That's a pretty sure sign times are tough in our capitol city. So is this:

Are things so bad in Harrisburg that the city might cut kindergarten?

Perhaps you've heard about the $4.5 million package Pa. is sending to Harrisburg to help it stave off a default on a major debt payment. That's a pretty sure sign times are tough in our capitol city. So is this:

Faced with a $6.8 million gap, Harrisburg School District Chief Operating Offficer Shawn Farr has proposed a series of dramatic cuts in programs, including the elimination of all kindergarten and pre-k classes next year and eliminating all district sports teams at the end of the fall season.

Apparently Harrisburg had budgeted for $7.1 million from the federal school funding competition, but then got only $300,000.

We don't know how real a possibility it is that this will come to pass, but our understanding is that early childhood education has a really, really big impact on eventual outcomes for students and it's pretty sad that an idea like this is even being floated.

Follow us on Twitter and review city services on our sister site, City Howl.

About this blog
Every year, city government spends slightly more than $4 billion. Where does all that money come from? More importantly, where does it go? Are we getting the most bang for our tax buck? “It's Our Money” is a joint project between Philadelphia Daily News and WHYY, funded by the William Penn Foundation, designed to answer these questions.

It's Our Money contributors

Tips? Comments? Questions?
Contact:

Holly Otterbein:
215-854-5809
hm.otterbein@gmail.com
@hollyotterbein

It's Our Money
Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected