Harrisburg School District – will furlough 226 employees and close four school buildings on top of dropping its in-house vocational and technical programs and ending full-day kindergarten.
York City School District – is facing a $25 million deficit, has laid off at least 140 employees already, and taxpayers are expecting to have to pay a 5.21% tax increase.
School District of Philadelphia – is facing a $629 million deficit for the next fiscal year that may have devastating consequences on full-day kindergarten, transportation services, class size and alternative schools.
Bethlehem School District - will cut 147 jobs, increase taxes by 1.7%, scale back their pre-k program, and institute an activity fee.
Brandywine Heights Area School District - 1.8% tax increase
South Williamsport Area School District - an 8% tax increase
A survey conducted for the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, shows that 64% of the 263 school districts who responded would eliminate tutoring and 51% would end summer school. In addition, more than 30% of school districts will eliminate full-day kindergarten, a program which has proven to be successful in improving student achievement and future economic gains.
How is your community and local school district handling these cuts?