Today is B-Day. That is, it's the Philadelphia School Reform Commission’s deadline to pass a 2011-12 budget. And by deadline, I mean the City Charter says: school district, pass a budget by the final day in May, not, public, rest assured, this is how things will look come September.
We know that much about the Philly School District’s $2.8 billion budget is up in the air - how much funding will come from Harrisburg and City Hall, whether there will be full-day kindergarten, bus transportation for most students, 30 percent cuts to individual schools’ budgets, and the loss of over 3,700 jobs.
Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch has said that this is very much a provisional budget, passed to meet the city’s deadline (though the city is blowing its own deadline.) Things will change in the next few weeks, for sure.
A special budget-passing SRC meeting is scheduled to begin at 5. I will be live Tweeting it for you. Follow along here, or @newskag on Twitter. Based on the last speakers’ list I've seen, 30 people are expected to testify at the meeting - from Councilman Bill Green, who’s been a critic of the district’s spending habits, to parents, students and activists. It should be a lively session, so check back here!