This letter was sent today by Superintendent William Hite to staff members in Philadelphia.

The only conclusion to be drawn is that the leadership of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia don’t care about children and whether they get an education.

What are they thinking? My child is okay, tough for yours.



Here is the letter:


Dear Colleagues,

For weeks, the District has been awaiting additional funding from the
city that will allow us to restore the crucial services and staff
needed to open and manage schools.

With the first day of school only a month away, if the District does
not receive at least $50 million by Friday, August 16, we will be
forced to consider delaying the start of the 2013-14 school year. This
may involve delaying the opening of all schools, opening a partial
number or operating on a half-day schedule. We will not be able to
open all 212 schools on Monday, September 9 on a full-day schedule in
the absence of additional funds for supports and staff.

I must be able to tell parents that when their child is walking
through the hallways, eating lunch or at recess, an adult will be
supervising them. I must be able to tell parents that counselors will
be available to serve children in our largest and neediest schools,
and that an assistant principal will be on hand to resolve any
disciplinary issues that keep children from learning. I must be able
to tell parents that the principal can leave the office to address
issues and support staff in other parts of the school. At this point,
I cannot do so.

We will continue to keep you abreast of what will hopefully be a swift
resolution to this urgent matter. I appreciate your continued patience
and support.

William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.