Press Release

Gov. Corbett Is Challenged to Produce Documentation Outlining Financial Management and Crisis in Philly Schools

For Release: 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Kate Childs Graham
202/393-6354; cell 202/615-2424

AFT files open records request on behalf of Pa. parents, taxpayers for increased transparency around systemic starving of Philadelphia's schools

WASHINGTON— In a call for increased transparency and accountability, the American Federation of Teachers today filed public information requests for communications from the office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett regarding any funding earmarked for the School District of Philadelphia, as well as any bills related to the district and communications regarding charter school funding.

The action comes a month after Corbett released the $45 million in federal funds owed to Philadelphia public schools, after intense public pressure surrounding the death of 12-year-old Laporshia Massey. The state-run School Reform Commission has led the district for a decade. The financial mismanagement of the SRC combined with Corbett's $1 billion of education cuts has created a serious crisis in Philadelphia public schools.

"Gov. Corbett and the SRC have manufactured this crisis in Philadelphia public schools," said AFT President Randi Weingarten. "Voters in Philadelphia and across the state deserve to know where the roots of this crisis lie, and we expect these communications will reveal just that."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.