Charter Schools Call for City Council to Ensure Swift and Certain Funding for Philadelphia Public Schools

City charter school leaders echo call from District principals, emphasizing that shortage of reliable funding hurts all public-school students

PHILADELPHIA – April 3, 2013 – Leaders representing nearly every Philadelphia charter school today called on Philadelphia City Council to take immediate action to provide $120 million in local funding for the Philadelphia School District in a way that can be reliably available for public schools year after year.

Leaders representing Aspira of PA, Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School, Freire Charter School, KIPP Philadelphia, Mastery Charter Schools, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, Philadelphia Charters for Excellence, Scholar Academies, Universal Companies and other local charter schools jointly urged Council to act now to pass legislation to ensure certainty in school funding by enabling the 1 percent sales tax extension and allocating at least $120 million dollars per year from those revenues to schools. Charter schools represent one out of every three public school students in Philadelphia and rely on the same taxpayer revenues as all public schools.  Below is a summary of coverage from the press conference:

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