Philly SD won't cancel contracts tomorrow

The Philadelphia School District is "currently engaged in positive conversations with the unions to help close the district's budget gap," it says, and the administration will not recommend canceling contracts tomorrow. 

The district had been banking on $75 million in savings from its five unions.  The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers had previously said it would not negotiate.

"We are not aware of negotiations," said Nadine Bonner, a spokeswoman for the PFT.

On Wednesday, district officials announced they had a new, $35 million budget gap to bridge - in addition to the $629 million it has already cut.  (Read that story here.) Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch said that if the district did not get the $75 million it was banking on, it might have to cut an additional 800 jobs.  More than 3,400 workers have already been given pink slips.

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