Phila. Lawmakers Say Yearly School Budget Comes Too Little, Too Late

CBS Philly

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — City Council members today said they’re tired of being left in the dark each year about the Philadelphia school district budget woes until it’s time for the district to pass the hat.

This came up during a Council hearing on whether Harrisburg is doing enough to fund education in the state.

Councilmembers have long felt that the School District of Philadelphia keeps them in the dark each year about budget woes until the last possible minute.   And that concern was voiced by several lawmakers today at the hearing.

In the hot seat was the school district’s chief financial officer, Matthew Stanski (left photo).

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (right photo) said delays in getting answers often make City Council look like the bad guys.

“We don’t want to be in a position where the whole city says, ‘You folks don’t want to fund education,’ when it’s…

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