HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says inadequate funding for Pennsylvania's largest school district is potentially damaging the futures of the students and the economy of the city and state.
Nutter spoke to reporters in the Pennsylvania Capitol on Monday after a meeting with Gov. Tom Corbett.
Nutter, a second-term Democrat, declined to lay blame for the worst fiscal crisis in memory in Philadelphia's schools. But he says school officials can no longer afford to go hat in hand every year to city and state officials, begging for the bare minimum.
To that end, he says Pennsylvania needs a clear formula that guides how the state distributes billions of dollars in public school aid. Currently, lawmakers and the governor decide behind closed doors each year how to distribute the money.