This month parents, students, teachers, and administrators around the country are adjusting to the challenges of a new school year.
But in Philadelphia, the challenges aren't just about new schedules or reading assignments–they're about severely cut budgets. In June, 20 percent of the district's employees were laid off, schools were shut down, and teachers are now being pressured to accept deep wage cuts.
Karen Thomas is Principal of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary, which has lost the equivalent of four full-time staff members.
And Robin Dominick is the parent of a fourth grader and a second grader at Powell Elementary, a school whose student body will be increasing by nearly 20 percent beginning today, which is the first day of school in Philadelphia.
Charles Zogby, Budget Secretary for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, weighs in on what the government is doing amidst the budgetary crisis.Â
The story you just read is freely available and accessible to everyone because readers like you support The World financially.
Thank you all for helping us reach our goal of 1,000 donors. We couldn’t have done it without your support. Your donation directly supported the critical reporting you rely on, the consistent reporting you believe in, and the deep reporting you want to ensure survives.