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Philadelphia Mayor Makes Moves to Retake Control of School District

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Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia has taken steps to regain control of the city's struggling public school system after 16 years of state oversight.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat, supports local control. So the commission that now governs the nation's eighth-largest school system is expected to be dissolved by the end of the school year and be replaced by a mayor-appointed school board.

Philadelphia schools face a $100 million deficit in the next fiscal year and project a $1 billion deficit by fiscal year 2022. More than a third of the district's students have been siphoned off by charter schools. Kenney wants the city to cover the deficit as well as some capital improvements.

Vol. 37, Issue 13, Page 5

Published in Print: November 15, 2017, as Philadelphia Mayor Makes Moves to Retake Control of School District
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