DAYS AFTER unveiling a bold plan to improve Philadelphia's public schools, Superintendent William Hite last night revealed the bold price tag to go with it: $320 million.
That's the amount of additional annual revenue the district is seeking to begin implementing Hite's Action Plan 2.0 - including enhanced early-literacy programs, added support for English-language learners and special-ed students, and more training and evaluation of teachers. The full implementation cost, however, could be almost twice that.
Hite acknowledged that the plan likely would require "a series of investments over a number of years."
"The supplement is designed to make a case for the investments that would be needed to carry out the things we're doing in the action plan," he said in a conference call with reporters. "Schools don't have what they need this year. It's been a very tough year for us without many of the revenues that are necessary."