The current budget passed by the commonwealth left the Philadelphia School District looking at a $178 million gap. Fernando Gallard, the director of media relations for the district, says that cuts will be made in operating costs, not in the budgets of the schools themselves. He explained that jobs would be shuffled around, basically realigning the administrative offices.
In the Brewerytown and Strawberry Mansion neighborhoods, schools like Strawberry Mansion High School, James G. Blaine Elementary, Edward Gideon, John F. Reynolds and Robert Vaux High School are already underfunded.
Students have limited access to books and computers. Parents in the area complain that their children aren’t meeting age appropriate standards when it comes to their skill levels.