The Mayor and City Council are, at this moment, engaged in what is happening at the School District of Philadelphia in a way that we haven’t seen in a long time… maybe longer. They are talking about whether or not the City should provide more money for schools, where that money should come from and what strings should be attached.
We are asking people to show support for increasing revenue, which could include something like a small tax on sugary drinks, increased metered parking or perhaps a modest increase in property taxes. We know the “all taxes are bad” people will be heard from, so let’s make sure that the “Hey we want a nice city and we want our taxes to pay for our priorities” quarter is heard from as well. We are also asking people to send a message to City Council that we want them to stay focused on this issue into the future and to engage more with the District in an ongoing way, both to connect more to what is working and to be more involved when things aren’t.