Updated: Nutter supports district's ask - $75 to $110m

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Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said the district's priorities are full-day kindergarten, restoring transportation services, and keeping class sizes low. (Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer, file)

UPDATED, 6 p.m.: Mayor Nutter said he supports the district's "ask" - $75 to $110 million.  He said the city now has to figure out funding.

UPDATED, 3 p.m.: Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman has asked the city for $75-$110 million more from the city.  She said the district's top three priorities are full-day kindergarten, restoring transportation services, and keeping class sizes low.  She said she'd be open to talking about restoring funding for alternative schools, a priority that Mayor Nutter has signaled is important to him.

Check the live Twitter stream below for minute-by-minute details.

EARLIER:

Those fireworks you’ll hear coming from City Hall later today? 

That will be the school district presenting its grim 2011-12 budget to City Council. Here's the preview my colleague Troy Graham (no relation!) and I worked on for today’s editions.  

Well, actually, the district presentation should be pretty sobering — you’ve heard the litany: eliminating full day kindergarten and most transportation, shutting alternative schools, slashing school budgets, cutting everything from special education and instrumental music programs to money for buildings.  More than 3,000 jobs will be lost.

But I imagine that some Council members will ask Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch and other top district folks tough questions about how the district got where it is today and why certain things are on the chopping block. Masch says the district is ready and has left "no stone unturned" when it comes to the budget.

Check back here for updates.  You folks seem to like the live Tweets of key district events, so I’ll be doing that from today’s Council hearings.  Think good thoughts for a strong wireless signal and a good seat next to an electrical outlet for me! The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 today and continue with public testimony tomorrow.

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