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Blogging the budget...

Tonight is the first of a series of public meetings on the Philadelphia School District's 2011-12 budget. Philadelphia schools reporter Kristen Graham will be live blogging (right here) and Tweeting from the meeting, which will be held at Meredith Elementary in South Philly from 6 to 8 p.m. "Once something is cut, it's incredibly difficult to get back," one district mom said.

Blogging the budget...

Philadelphia School District chief financial officer Michael Masch presented the district´s $2.8 billion budget - which contains $629 million in cuts - at an earlier meeting. (Steven M. Falk/Staff)<br />
Philadelphia School District chief financial officer Michael Masch presented the district's $2.8 billion budget - which contains $629 million in cuts - at an earlier meeting. (Steven M. Falk/Staff)

Tonight is the first of a series of public meetings on the Philadelphia School District's 2011-12 budget.  I'll be live blogging and Tweeting (http://www.twitter.com/newskag) from the meeting, which will be held at Meredith Elementary in South Philly.

Remember: we're talking about a $2.8 billion budget, including $629 million in cuts. 

What to expect?  Lots of people, for one.  I know multiple parents groups are mobilizing folks to come out and speak their mind.  If previous district meetings are any indication, there will also be some kind of Powerpoint presentation about the budget before the floor is opened up for people to speak.  The meeting is scheduled to start and 6 and go until 8.

Hot topics are likely to be the proposed loss of full-day kindergarten, lopping off of most of the transportation budget and class sizes rising. 

More coverage
 
Philly School Files: Kristen Graham's live tweets from the budget hearing

One mom whose son is registered for kindergarten at Meredith, a high-achieving school in the Queen Village neighborhood, said that naturally, the loss of a full-day K is her biggest concern, but she's also planning on speaking out against the other cuts.  "Once something is cut, it's incredibly difficult to get back."  Even the cuts that won't affect her son next year will hit him down the line, she said. 

It should be a lively meeting, and I will bring you updates.  Please think good thoughts for me getting a seat next to an electrical outlet, OK? 

If you'd like to read some background on the budget, here are some recent stories I've written:

Phila. schools to see 16 percent layoffs

Nearly 400 Phila. teachers plan to leave as school year ends

If you're on a mobile device, click here to get live updates from the SRC meeting.

About this blog

Inquirer reporter Kristen Graham writes the Philly School Files blog, where she covers education in Philadelphia, both in and out of the classroom.

During the school year, you’ll frequently find her hosting live chats about the district on Philly.com.

Please do pass along the scoop about what’s going on at your Philadelphia public school; Kristen welcomes tips, story ideas and witty banter.


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